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SENATOR FLORENCE ITA-GIWA’S CLASSY 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Story: Michael Effiong: Photo: Adekoya Adegbite, Ken Ehimen, Solomon Ekhaiyemhe, Onyemaechi Godwin, (in Calabar) & Family Album



ery few Nigerians have her sense of style, very few Nigerians have her pedigree, a one-time Member, Federal House of Representatives, a one-time distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, a one-time top Presidential aide, the daughter of a journalist who got married to a first-rate journalist and to top it all, a Princess from Calabar. Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is indeed in a class of her own. Little wonder that when she hit seventy, the always glamorous and elegant lady was given the kind of extra-special celebration that she truly deserves. The kind of celebration that reverberated all over the country, the kind that is reserved for the matriarch of Nigeria’s high society. Fondly called Mama Bakassi for her indefatigable and consistent advocacy and struggle for the neglected people of Bakassi Local Government of Cross River State, Senator Ita-Giwa’s festivities included a day of recognition in the house of God with a soulstirring ceremony co-ordinated by the Methodist Church, conferment of a Honorary Doctorate Degree a fashion Show, a women’s summit-and rounded off with an awe-inspiring, star-studded ball in Lagos. In the last four decades in Nigeria’s social scene, if one is asked to count five fashion icons in Nigeria, the Septuagenarian Ita-Giwa will certainly make that short list. She always steps out in sartorial style and it was in recognition of her impact on the local fashion industry that the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) hosted a fashion show in her honour. Held at the posh Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event according to FADAN President, Mrs. Funmi Ladipo was packaged to celebrate “a true Fashionista, a promoter of local designers and lady of substance” Mrs. Ladipo herself an accomplished fashion designer noted that Ita-Giwa was not only a fashion 8

amazon. Elisha Attai, the brain behind AWLO told this Reporter that Senator Ita-Giwa apart from being a great supporter of AWLO from the get go, has been an epitome of womanhood-beauty, brains and hardwork. Not only that, she has a golden heart, filled with compassion for the lessprivileged. The intellectually-stimulating event saw papers delivered by women who have made their marks in various spheres of life. Ambassador Jolade Onipede (Ambassador of Nigeria to the Congo ) spoke on The Role of Mentorship in Political Aspirations; Former Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Titi Oseni spoke on Career Options for Women in Politics and former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Iyom Josephine Anenih, spoke candidly on Balancing a Career in Politics and Home Management. Gushing with so much joy, the celebrant in her address went down memory lane, recalling her adventure into politics. She hinted that joining politics was not because she wanted to make money, but because she discovered an opportunity to help the downtrodden in the society, using her Bakkassi people as a starting point. She advised women to jettison fear and be courageous if they must succeed in politics. A key highlight of the evening was the induction of some notable members of the society into the AWLO Hall of Fame as Honorary Senator Ita-Giwa with Mrs. Sarah Brown & members. Some of them included Mrs. Iyom Josephine Anenih, Ambassador Jolade Onipede, President bill Clinton Hon. Titi Oseni and His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel N. E. Ibe, the Akagu 1. The party train later moved to the house of connoisseur but an icon and role model who has God where the Methodist Church honoured Senator Ita inspired many, especially women. The event which had in attendance Iya Oge of Giwa with a Knighhood. She was made a Dame of John Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, Senator Ita-Giwa’s Wesley after an inspirational session of prayers and close friend, Hajia Abah Folawiyo, London-based praises. That was not all, the University of Calabar also designer, Ade Bakare, Chief Mrs. Sena Anthony and seized the occasion to honour Senator It-Giwa with a OVATION Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu was Honorary Doctorate Degree. colourful and fun-filled. The grand finale of her 70th birthday celebration A few days later, it was time for the African Women unfolded in Lagos, a city she knows so well, from in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) to host this true Apapa to Ikoyi and now to Banana Island. She is what



Dame Florence Ita-Giwa

Cross section of guests

Obong of Calabar with his Queen

Chimaobi & Koko Obioha

Celebrant’s children


Chief Edem Duke (right)



Senator Dr. Ita-Giwa stepping out of her home with her daughter, Koko

Celebrant with Obong of Calabar

Chief Chidi Anyaegbu, Dr. Ita-Giwa, Dr. Duke, Mrs. Onari Duke & Chief Mike Umeh


Dr. Ita-Giwa with Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi



Funmi Ajila & Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson

Senator Ita-Giwa


Mrs. Abioro & Funmi Mrs. Lola Adefusika & Funmi Ajila Ajila

Hajia Abba Folawiyo & Mrs. Yetunde Onileere

Chief (Mrs.) Sena Anthony

Mrs. Funmi Ladipo & Sally Mbanefo

Mrs. Chito Mark (Graces Hat)

Fifi O & Ndidi Obioha

Enitan Allen

Mrs. Joko Oni

Inans & Jude Inans

From 2nd left: Mrs. Chito Mark, Funmi Ajila (President Faadan), BimBeads, Bawa & Kola Kuddus

Bukola Johnson & Nkolika Ohioli.

Lady Bisi, Funmi Ajila & Mrs. Balogun


Mrs. Yetunde Onileere, Chief (Mrs.) Oprah Benson, Hajia Abah Folawiyo, Celebrant, Alhaja Islar Animashaun, Dame Abimbola Fashola & Atinuke Abioro

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Senator Florence Itagiwa

Chief Willy Anumudu & wife, Mrs. Nkiru Anumudu

Elisha Attai with Bashorun Dele Momodu


Mr. & Mrs. Tosan Aduayi

Jude & Frank Osodi


Mrs. Maureen Omoigbe, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson & Elisa Attai

Mrs. Alayingi Sylva & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mrs. Dayo Olatunde, Hon. Titi Oseni & Mrs. Oluwakemi Fagbemiro

Mrs. Hauwa Nuru & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mrs. Bunmi Dapo Salami & Amb. Jolade Onipede

Mr. & Mrs. Elisha Attai

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Mrs. Josephine Anenih & Mr Elisha Attai


Mrs. Ndidi Obioha

Buchi Akpati

Mrs. Victoria Egwuwa & Mrs. Evelyn Okorie

Mrs. Geraldine, Mr. Elisha Attai & Mrs. Getrude

Lady Ubah Uche

Mrs. Teisa Udie

Mrs. Bimbo Balogun & Mrs. Funmi Ajila

Mr. Charles Ahize


Mrs. Patricia Ojeh, Mrs. Uboho Bassey, Mrs. Funmi Ajila & Mrs. Evelyn Okorie

Mrs. Uboho Bassey, Mrs. Alayingi Sylva, Mrs. Hauwa Nuhu & Mrs. Eno Attai

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa recieving award from Funmi Ajila

Elisha Attai & Senator Florence Ita-Giwa



Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija

The Otunba Adekunle Ojora & his wife, The Erelu Ojuolape Ojora

Mr. Fola Adeola , His Excellency Godswill Akpabio (former Governor of Akwa Ibom Chef & Mrs. Samuel Adedoyin State) & Aremo Olusegun Osoba


Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande Princess Adefolake Marquis Adenuga & Mrs. Cecilia Umara

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Mary Charles

Rita Dominic

Sunny Okonkwo & Ade Bakare

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Yobo

Olorogun Sunny Kuku & wife, Susan

Barrister Grace Egbagbe & Ndidi Obioha Kunle Bakare & Onyeka Onyekwo

Mrs. Chioma Madubuko

Chief Harry Akande (Left)

Uti Nwachukwu

John Okafor (Mr. Ibu)

HRM Pelebo Banigo

Sir Edet Amana & Iquo Amana (daughter)


Michael Effiong & Dr. Sunny Kuku

Sen. Lekan Mustapha with wife, Iyabo

Mrs. Nike Makinde & Mrs. Cecilia Umara Wale Adebajo


Chief (Mrs.) Atinuke Abioro

Ini Edo

Juliet Ibrahim

Chief Sunny Asemota & Mrs Yetunde Onileere

Chief Demola & Wosilat Seriki

Her Excellency, Mrs. Sarah Sosan

Richard Mofe-Damijo with Stephanie Henshaw

Senator Florence Ita Giwa & Mr. Timi Alaibe

Mr. & Mrs. Danny Kioupouroglou

Eunice Efole & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mrs. Nkiru Anumudu

Daala, Jide & Enitan

Charles Ahize

Mr. & Mrs. Adelusi

Kecia Kennely & Paula Parkinson

Eric Elezuo & Tolu Balogun


Senator Dino Malaye, Obong Victor Attah, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Hon. Rotimi Ameachi & Senator Godswill Akpabio

Mrs. Remi Folawiyo, celebrant & Tunde Folawiyo

Celebrant with Cheif Harry Akande

Celebrant with Senator Azu Agboti & wife, Cordelia

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa with Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija


Mrs. Udeme Ufot, Senator Ita-Giwa & Mrs. Dorothy Ufot, SAN

Celebrant & Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi

Senator Ita Enang with Senator Godswill Akpabio

Charles Ahize, Senator Godswill Akpabio, RMD, Senator Dino Malaye & Fidelis Anosike

Dr. Bisi Olatilo & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Sujimoto with Senator Ita-Giwa

Former Dep. Governor, Mrs. Serah Adebisi Sosan & Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

Yobo Joseph & wife with celebrant

R-l: Wole Aboderin, Taofik Okoya, celebrant & guests

Obong Victor Attah (right)


Chimaobi & Koko Obioha

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Senator Dino Melaye & Alh. Aliko Dangote

Mr. Timi Alaibe with Chief & Mrs. Martins Agbaso

Hajia Abah Folawiyo (standing) with celebrant & guest

Genevieve Nnaji & Ndidi Obioha

Mrs. Folorunso Alakija & Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande

Agatha Moremo for PJJD AM, Daala Oruwari & Enitan Okesanya

Mrs. Nike Adewunmi (left) Dr. Sunny Kuku & Sen.Ita-Giwa


Hajia Abah Folawiyo & Governor Donald Duke

Chief & Mrs. Samuel Adedoyin, Mrs. Onari Duke, Donald Duke & friend

Chief Demola Seriki & Aliko Dangote

Mrs. Onari Duke, Muma Gee, Governor Donald Duke & Mr. Ibu

Captain Johnson & Senator Akpabio

Mr. John Obayuwana & Dr. Sunny Kuku

you can call a true “Sisi Eko”-having shaped and dictated the pace of the Lagos fashion and social scene for decades. And as expected, the cream of Nigerian society were there to honour a truly great Nigerian. It was an evening of who’s who, a memorable occasion filled with pomp, glitz and upscale glamour. In terms of entertainment, it was the best. It featured back to back performances by Nigerian top stars of the last three

Sen. Lekan Mustapha with wife, Iyabo

decades. From the quality of Comperes to the entertainers, the food menu and drink’s list, to the intimidating array of guests, this was without any shadow of doubt, a 10-star evening! Guests were advised to wear outfits with a “touch of red”-and therefore the venue, the Ball Room of Eko Hotel & Suites was a sea of red! It was also aptly themed “The Red Ball: The Joy of Service to Humanity, as always, Senator Ita-Giwa did not want to miss yet

another opportunity to draw attention to the plight of the Children of Bakassi. The birthday dame herself turned out in a spectacular gasp-inducing red gown-certainly she shone like a zillion stars. Flanked by her children, with the eldest, Mrs. Koko Obioha (whom this Reporter used to call the Crayfish Girl as a baby) leading the way, Ita-Giwa made quite a spectacular entrance with all guests on their feet, showering her with a wondrous applause. 27

Genevive Nnaji

Ali Baba


Timi Dakolo

Agatha Moremo of PJJD

Eunice Efole

Comperes of the evening Famous actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), Ali Baba & top Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim steered the event expertlyand the performers that evening included Dede Mabiaku, Orits Wiliki, Blackky, Timi Dakolo, Chris Mba, Olu Maintain, Kaycee, Harry Songz, Sammy Okposo, Iyanya, Pasuma and Dbanj. None of these pulsating performances got the highest and most emotional moment of the day, that award went to the moment when all her children, again led by Mrs. Koko Obioha, stepped on stage to sing a special birthday song for the celebrant. Ita-Giwa, the usually lion hearted, woman of steel, was so moved that she broke down in tears! Tears were still streaming from the corner of her eyes when she joined them on 28

Aremo Olusegun Osoba

stage to make a short remark. This was not choreographed, it was real life, indescribable joy expressed by Senator ItaGiwa. Many in the audience also shed a tear, two or more, that was how infectious that moment was. In her speech, she thanked God for the protection and the provision of the past seventy years, and thanked the many friends who have stood by her solidly over the years. She later presented awards to individuals and personalities that have supported her worthy cause. Soon she cut her birthday cake and the evening began to wind down. It must be said that it was a wonderful celebration. This was the kind of evening where all guests went home with smiles on their faces as well as an exclamation “Oh what a night�! Mr. & Mrs. Tuface Idibia

Betty Mirabelle with Regina N. Owusu

Millen Magese & Rita Dominic

Barrister Chizoba Omeokachie, Lady Uzo Okoye, Lady Chinyere Annie Okonkwo with Mrs. Nkiru Anumudu

Ranti Johnson with Morufa Shabi

Seun Aboderin, Kunle Taiwo & Deji Okoya-Thomas

Bukie Faniran, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Mrs. Tosin Alobo-Bakare with Mrs. Yinka Taiwo

Michael Effiong, Editor, Ovation International with City People Publisher, Seye Kehinde


Mrs. Iyabo Mustapha, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa with Uti Nwachukwu

Chief Mike Umeh & wife

Nikky, Oluchi & Fifi

Taofik Okoya & Eunice Efole

Mr. & Mrs. Oamen

Evelyn Okere & friend

Imeh Iroegbu, Ekom Obot, Peace Enodien with Dara Enodien

Jane Ezeh & Bebe Tuwo


Amb. Greg Mbadiwe

Ali Baba, Grace Egbagbe, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Elisha Attai

Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, Santor Florence Ita-Giwa & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Bashorun Dele Momodu greeting Dr. Tunde Soleye

Olu Maintain & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Titi Oseni, Lara Shojobi & Funke Johnson

Michael, Richard & Joe

Stephanie Ubochi & Ovok Otiri

Thobi Duma with Elvi Kioupouroglou

Thelma Orji & Michelle Dede

Mr. & Mrs. Kelechi Odu


Bashorun Dele Momodu with Mr. Innocent Idibia & his wife, Annie

Lolo Chibuzo Onwuzuike, Kemi Adeleye, Stellamaris Idogu, Martha Najomo, Mrs. Evelyn Okorie & Nene Rasheed Olaoluwa

Mrs. Annie Idibia (right) & friends

R-l: Senator & Mrs. Lekan Mustapha & guest

Mary Charles with Wale Adebanjo

Chidinma Chukwujama, Maureen Omeibe, Ajoke Enebeli, Eno Davies & Elisha Attai

Moses with Yvette


Mr. & Mrs. Chamberlain Eke

R-l: Edi Lawani, Bashorun Dele Momodu & guest

Mrs. Josephine Fingesi with Princess Adefolake Marquis Adenuga

Wole Aboderin (r) & friends

Former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke & wife, Onari with Mr. & Mrs. Tuface Idibia

Elisha Attai, Ali Baba & Michael Effiong

Senator Florence Ita Giwa & friends from UK High Commission & US Embassy

Wole Aboderin with Lovette Shade Awode

Olawande Alaran with Omotunde Bamgbaige

Miss. Gloria Eka with Rev. Dr. Cecillia Onitiri.

Tokunbo Rufai with Engr. & Mrs. David Omonibeke

Mr. & Mrs. Terry Asemota

Jane Ezeh & Bebe Tuwo


Cutting of cake with the celebrant



D’banj & Pasuma

Chris Uba, Orits Wiliki, Blacky & Sammy Okposo

Harrysong, Iyanya & KC

Dede Mabiaku

Tuface Idibia

Timi Dakolo

Olu Maintain


The children honouring Mama Bakasi

Hajia Abba Folawiyo receiving award from Aremo Olusegun Osoba & Senator Dino Melaye

Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande receiving award

Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson receiving an award

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Senator Dino Malaye with an award recipient

Senator Ita-Giwa with Chief & Mrs. Anyaegbu

Tuface Idibia recieving award

Harry Song with Senator Florence Ita-Giwa


Pasuma, Aremo Segun Osoba with D’ Banj



DANGOTE CEMENT FACTORY IN OKPELLA, EDO STATE Story: Eric Elezuo Photo: Adekoya Adegbite

First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Lara Oshiomhole, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole & Mr. Edwin Devakumar

HRM Sanusi Lamido, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Alh. Aliko Dangote, Halima Dangote, H.E. Lara Oshiomhole & Gov. Adams Oshiomhole

HRM Sanusi Lamido, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Alh. Aliko Dangote & Gov. Adams Oshiomole

T Hon. Kayode Fayemi, Gov. Adams Oshiomole & HRM Alh. Sanusi Lamido (Emir of Kano)

R-l: Mr. Knut Ulvmoen, Alhaji Dangote, Mr. Devakumar & others

he Dangote Group owned by Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has began construction of a $1 billion cement factory in Okpella, Edo State. It was a double ceremony as the billionaire businessman also celebrated his 59th birthday on that same day, April 10th. The project which will be completed within 26 months will create 6,000 direct jobs and 45,000 indirect jobs in the community. Speaking at the ceremony, Dangote said that the project will meet local demands for cement, as well as surplus for export and foreign exchange generation. He also urged other investors to look at other investment opportunities in Nigeria, saying the Federal Government have created investor friendly policies to boost investments. Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state said that the investment will

reduce the state’s dependence on federal allocation and boost its internally generated revenue and he also perform the official ground-breaking which signals commencement of construction. Dignitaries at the ceremony includes; the Emir of Kano, Alh. Sanusi Lamdi, Mr. Femi Otedola, Alh. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Gov of Kano State), Hon. Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Alh. Bashir Othman Tofa, HRM. Dr. A.Y.E Idirisu, (The Okuokpellagbe of Okpella) ) Gov. of Kogi State represented by the SSG, Mrs. Folashade Ayoade among others. It was a great event that the people of Okpella will never forget in a hurry. Many of them told OVATION that they were eagerly awaiting the opening of the plant and thanked Alhaji Dangote for investing in their community. 37

HRH. Liqudona Izeshokha 1, HRM Solomon Izuware 1 (Onojie of Ujiogba) & HRH Apa Peter A. Osigbeme(Onweweko of Okpekpe)

HRH. Aliyu K. Danes (Aidonogie of South Ibie Kingdom)

Hon. Godwin Eshiesi & Prince Malik Afegbua

Rev. Dr. Peter Obadan & Hon. Abubakar Momoh

Alh. Auwalu Aliyu Ohindase & Mr. S. Aigbe

DIG Parry Osayande (Rtd.), Dr. Makoju M.B.A. & Hon. A.M. Joinjo

Hon. (Mrs.) Hajiya Aisha Abubakar & Hajia M.H. Dantata


Mr. Femi Otedola, Muyiwa Bakare & Aremo Olusegun Osoba

Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Alh. Sani Dangote, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Alh. Kashim Ibrahim Imam

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Alh. Aliko Dangote

Gov. Adams Oshiomole & H.E. Lara Oshiomole with Alh. Sani Dangote

Bashorun Dele Momodu greets Edo State First Lady

Mariya Dangote, Halima Dangote & Fatimat Dangote

HRH Alh. Sanusi Lamido (Emir Of Kano), Alh. Aliko Dangote & Alh. Adamu Maye Haruna (Emir Of Hadejia)

Gov. Adams Oshiomole & wife H.E. Lara & Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje

Mohammed Sani Dangote, Alh. Bashir Dalhatu & Alh. Musa Gwadeabe

(R-l) Asue Ighodalo & Mrs. Grace Egbagbe with guests


Alh. Aliko Dangote

Hon. Kayode Fayemi

Aminu Almad Zannah & Kar Kano

Hon. Hajiya Aisha Abubakar


Alhaji Sani Dangote

Mike Awoyinfa

HRM. A.Y.E. Dirisu (JP) OON (The Okuokpellagbe of Okpella)

Mr. Nduka Obaigbena Mr. Tony Chiejina

Mr. Obaseki, Alh. Aliko Dangote, Mr. Ernest Ebi & Mr. Joseph Makoju

Mr. Kayode Odukoya, Mr. Stanley Jegede, Alh. Aliko Dangote & Ayiri Emami

Bashorun Dele Momodu & HRH Alh Sanusi Lamido

(R-l) Alh. Sani Dangote, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Alh. Aliko Dangote & Mr. Devakumar Edwin

Zouera Youssofou & Halima Dangote



OBA ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI AND WURAOLA OTITI OBANOR Story: Michael Effiong Photo: Adekoya Adegbite, Segun Lawal & Abraham Falodun


ge-long tradition mixed seamlessly with modernity when Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, wedded Wuraola Otiti Zainab Obanor at exciting ceremonies in Benin City, Edo State and Ile-Ife, Osun State. The ceremonies were not only regal and classy, they were colourful and glamorous and all those who attended had no doubt that the couple had gone to great length to make the occasion memorable. 42


The beautiful bride

Bride’s father with Prince & Princess Ogunwusi with John Obayuwana

Kayode Sufianu, John Obayuwana, Chief Alfred Eghobamien & Senator Azu Agboti

Bini chiefs

The Ogunwusi sisters

The observing Bini traditional rite


Otunba Femi Pedro, John Obayuwana & friend

Bride’s father, Dr. Otiti Obanor (left)

R-l: Hon. Abdul Oroh & guests

This royal wedding began in the lovely home of the bride’s family located in highbrow GRA, Benin City. As expected, the Royal Ogunwusi family was well represented-and they brought with them great gifts for the bride and her family. Due to tradition, His Imperial Majesty was not physically present but his staff of office was conspicuous throughout the ceremony. The Obanor family awaited their in-laws with joy in their hearts, and apart from the bride’s father, elders of her family and Bini Chiefs, Chairman, Polo Limited, Mr. John Obayuwana was ever present to support the bride. After the presentation of gifts by the groom’s family, the couple’s marriage was sealed with the breaking of Kolanuts and showering of spiritual blessing on the union. The last segment of the 44

ceremony according to the Bini tradition was for the bride to be taken by her dad and placed on the lap of her groom, she was made to stand and sit for few times. This rite, we were told, is to signify that the groom is strong enough to love and care for his bride. This over, there were cheers from all corners of the venue as the event came to a close. The Obanor family rolled out the drums in a big way minutes later at a reception for guests held inside a huge marquee on the grounds of Edo motel, Okada Drive, GRA, Benin. The bride who was decked appropriately in full Bini wedding attire, complete with coral beads arrived the venue in a Lincoln Continental Limousine. The reception was short but lively as the bride had to leave to meet her Prince Charming, the Ooni of Ife.

On arrival in Ife, the beautiful bride was met with too loose so much pomp and pageantry. Well decorated horses, drummers, pipers and singers welcomed the New Olori (Queen) to the ancient city. Before she stepped foot on the palace, she went through some cleansing rites-and it was fun and laughter all the way as she walked into the warm embrace of the eagerly awaiting monarch. The ancient town of Ile-Ife was agog the following day when the Crème de la Crème of Nigeria turned up for a special thanksgiving service at the Royal Court of Ife, Aafin, Enuwa Square to celebrate the royal wedding. Thereafter, there was a lavish reception where guests, old and young, rich and poor were adequately entertained.

(R-l) Wole Aboderin, Chief Funmilola Oloruninsola & friend

The Olori with guests

Mrs. Toyin Kolade & bride

Senator Matthew Urhoghide & John Obayuwana

Mrs. Kolade & The Ogunwusi family

Mrs. Toyin Kolade (r)

Enotie with Saheeto



HIM & His Queen



H.E. Mr. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, Deputy Governor Osun State, Ooni of Ife & bride

Olori Morisola Sijuwade, Olori Olomoro & Olori Ataoja

Mr. & Mrs. Tunde Adelaja

Mr. Jimi Agbaje (right)

Asiwaju Chief Oyekunle Alex-Duduyemi

Senator Daisy Danjuma & HRM Pelebo Banigo

King Sunny Ade


The groom & his bride

Otunba (Mrs.) Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, Deputy Governor, Osun State with Chief Ayodele Fayose, Governor, Ekiti State

Oba Saheed Elegushi, Ooni & wife with a traditional ruler

Gen. Alani Akinrinade & Chief Alex-Duduyemi


Kola James & Yinka Oropo

Chief Femi Pedro & Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Alhaji Kashim Imam, Dapo Abiodun & Tunde Ayeni

The Ogunwusi sisters with Mrs. Toyin Kolade

Olori Mojisola Fatunmise(Adagba Iyanfoworogi), Olori Ibironke Adefarakan (Oloyere Ife) & Olori Adenike Fatunmise (Adagba Iyanfoworogi)

Oba Joseph Adebayo Adewole & Oba Jimoh Adegboa Okumade

King Wasiu Ayine Mrshal, Alhaji Bashy & others

2nd left Chief Bisi Omidiora & guests

Mr. Wanle Akinboboye (3rd from left)

Olaitan & Williams Abu


Lanre Ogunlesi, Tunde Ayeni & Tayo Ayeni

Ayiri Emami, Olu of Warri, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Senator Daisy Danjuma

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Oba Michael Ajayi

Kola James & Seye Kehinde

Enotie & Tracey with Saheeto


Ovation crew & SAT Guru Maharaji

Ooni thanking guests

Toye Ariyo (left)

Chief Abiola Ogundokun

Rasheed Muri-Okunola




Shola & Toyin Bakare

Shola, Toyin, Enoch & Deborah Bakare

The Shola-Bakare family


miable Abuja-based businessman, Abiodun Adisa Shola-Bakare was almost in tears inside The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Utako, Abuja branch when he gave a powerful testimony how God turned his life from nothing to something, how God took him from poverty to prosperity, insisting that on this his 50th birthday, the first person to thank and give honour to is God Almighty. The dashing gentleman fondly called Sholz B noted that it was fitting for him to begin his birthday celebrations from the House of God. Singing cheerfully and accompanied by

his wife, Oluwatoyin and children, he thanked his wife for standing by him through thick and thin and revealed that his only wish is for God to bless him with good health because he was going to spend the rest of years fervently serving God. After the inspirational and powerpacked service, the Shola-Bakares hosted their family, friends and associates, some of who arrived all the way from United Kingdom and United States, to a sumptuous reception at the International Conference Centre, Peace Park. The event was chaired by Admiral Mike Onah. 53

Mrs. Toyin Bakare & Mr. Abiodun Shola-Bakare thankfully praising God

Mrs. Toyin Shola-Bakare, Mr. Abiodun Shola-Bakare & son, Enoch Shola-Bakare

Mr. Shola-Bakare in praying mood

Mr. Shola-Bakare giving thanks

Mr. Abiodun Shola-Bakare with Pastor Shuboni

Mrs. Jackson with Mr. & Mrs. Okanlawon


Editor, Ovation Magazine, Micheal Effiong & Celebrant, Abiodun Shola-Bakare

Mrs. Dunni Olunloyo with the Bakare family

Enoch with friends

Enoch Shola- Bakare, Abiodun Shola-Bakare, Mrs. Toyin Ajoke Sola-Bakare, & Deborah Motunrayo Sola-Bakare

Mr. Amos Ayinla Bakare, (celebrant’s dad), Abiodun Shola-Bakare & Toyin Ajoke Shola-Bakare

The Bakare family

Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Shola –Bakare with Mrs. Esho

Pastor Shuboni with Shola-Bakare family

Lyday, James Majek, Yomi & Sola Okanlawon, Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Shola-Bakare, Mr. & Mrs. Jackson with Mr. Bola Jaiyeola

The Bakares with the James Majek family

Celebrant with Mr. Ayo Ogunlana, his brother in-law from London


Eric & Jibola Jackson with The Shola-Bakare

Mrs. Dupe Fihosy with Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Shola-Bakare & son

Mr. & Mrs. Abiola Shola- Bakare with guests


Mrs. Gift Ideh & Mrs. Toyin Shola- Bakare

Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Shola- Bakare with family members

Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Shola-Bakare dancing into reception venue

Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Ayo Ogunlana, celebrant, Mrs. Okanlawon, Admiral Mike Onah & Mrs. Lola Obanikoro

Mr. & Mrs. Abiodun Shola-Bakare

Pastor & Mrs. Sam Orji

Rev. Max Ggbinije, Mrs. Toyin Ajoke Shola-Bakare, Mr. Abiodun Shola-Bakare, Pastor Shuboni & Pastor Mrs. Egbinije

Admiral Mike Onah, Chairman of the occasion

Mr. Abiodun Shola- Bakare & House Representative Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila

Celebrant with Mrs. Lola Musiliu-Obanikoro


Tribute by Mr. Amos Ayinla Bakare, celebrant’s father

Tribute by Yomi Okanlawon, celebrant’s in-law

Celebrant’s Funke Bakare

Bola Jaiyeola

Mrs. Esho pouring encomium on celebrant

Tribute by son, Enoch Shola-Bakare

Ayo Ogunlana, celebrant’s brother in-law & James Majek

Funke with Mr. & Mrs. Ideh


Tope Brown & Michael Effiong

Cutting of the cake

From 2nd right: Funke Bakare, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Mrs. Toyin Shola-Bakare & celebrant


Faith Band

Mrs. Abiola, Arc. Akinola Cole & Mrs. Theresa Cole


Mr. & Mrs. Olufemi Opayinka


Bayo Ajayi, Pastor Akin Osinbajo, Biodun Ponle & Tunji Olaniyi


hen a round peg is put in a round hole, there is every tendency that the outcome would be excellence. So it is in the case Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo who was applauded on his appointment as the Chairman of Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS). His friends were not only contented with praying for his success, they actually went ahead to host a lively soiree cum pool party in his honour. Co-ordinated by smart

Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo, Chairman, LIRS

Tunji Olaniyi, Mr. Oduntan, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo & Biodun Ponnle

businessman, Biodun Ponnle, the event which unfolded at highbrow Banana Island, Ikoyi was an evening of bites, drinks and networking which was enjoyed by all. Friends who were in attendance included Mrs. Adeola Idowu, Tokunbo Wright, Bayo Ajaye, Abiola Ayeni, Bode Agoro, Kunle Dada, Olaitan Aderintan, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Pastor Akin Osinbanjo and Tunji Olaniyi.

Biodun Ponnle, Folarin Ogunsanwo & Prof. Akin Osinbajo

(L-r) Biodun Ponnle & Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo


Ademola Adedeji, Biodun Ponnle & Tokunbo Wright

Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo & Biodun Ponnle

Hon. Babatunde Durosimi-Etti, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo & Biodun Ponnle

Mr. Babatope Akinyele, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo & Tokunbo Wright

Tokunbo Wright, Sokan Aderemi, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Dayo Aderemi

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Folusho Adeagbo, Dayo Aderemi & Segun Ajibola, SAN

(L-r) Mr. Yemi Idowu & wife

Biola Ayeni, Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo & Akin Ogunranti


Biola Ayeni, Yemi Idowu, Bode Agoro & Mr. Folarin Ogunsanwo



Story: Babatunde Martins Photo: Ken Ehimen

Celebrant & his wife with Prof. Pat Utomi during the toast

Celebrant & his wife

Prof. Onitiri with Mr. & Mrs. Osa Adun

Mrs. Adebowale, celebrant, Mr. Segun Adebowale with Charles Aigbe

Henrietta, Osagie, Lanre Anjola, Segun Adebowale with Israel Edjaren

Mr. & Mrs. Seyi Afolalu

Mrs. & Mrs. Olayinka Adesanya

Nnenna Ajelbo, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Murray-Bruce with celebrant & wife

Precious Isibor, Mrs. Oyekan Adun, Mr. Victor Ogiemwonyi


Bovi Ugboma with Charles Aigbe of UBA

A cross section of photograph of ALUMNI with Mr. & Mrs. Osa Adun

Celebrant with Chief & Chief (Mrs.) A. O. Adebiyi

Celebrant with Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Okoye

Celebrant with Mr. & Mrs. Theo Alighoda

Celebrant with DBN TV ALUMNI

Celebrant with Blessing Idahosa

Frank Edoho with Mr. & Mrs. Osa Sunny Adun


t was one of those evenings that could never be forgotten, the 60th birthday celebration of Osa Sunny Adun, the Chairman/CEO of Degue Broadcast Network (DBN), the first private television station in Nigeria and one of the indefatigable pioneers of private broadcasting was nothing but remarkable. The event held at the prestigious Eko Hotel served two purposes, the celebration of this celebrated and foreward-looking gentleman and also the inauguration of DBN Alumni Association. According to the alumni of DBN the station is more than a broadcast company; it is a breeding ground for talents. Female singer, Essence, the host of popular programme, Who wants to be a millionaire Frank Edoho, Quincy Ayodele, the owner of Quincy Herbal Slimmers and a whole lot of others were brought into limelight by the station. And they all shared their experiences. Later on, DBN unveiled its new logo, after which the celebrant cut his lovely cake. Guests were thrilled by Alabai, Essence, Weird MC and comedian, Bovi. It was a very superlative celebration for a great Nigerian.


Alhaji Muritala Gbadeyanka

Michael Effiong, Editor, Ovation International

Weird MC



Story: Babatunde Martins Photo: Ken Ehimen

The family at the church service

Late Pa Adeoye Adisa


ife is not really how long we live, but how well, just like the words of Abraham Lincoln, “And at the end, it is not the years in your life that counts, it is the life in your years”. These words aptly mean that longevity is not the fundamental component of a commendable life. For Former Minister of Home Affairs and Information in the old Western Region, Otun Balogun of Oyo, and elder Statesman, Chief Emmanuel Adeoye Adisa who died at the ripe age of 97, his was a wonderful life worthy of emulation. His journey to eternal glory began with a wake keep service which was held at Omolewa Street, off UCH Road, Yemetu, Ibadan Oyo State. While Commendation Service of the late prominent politician, took place at The Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State. As a devout Christian and father of the Senior Pastor of Grace Family International Church, Rev. Deola Ojo, the church service was inspirational and followed the order of the Anglican

Church. The congregational hymn, prayers, Bible reading, Tributes and communion rites. During the sermon, Vicar, Rev. Ayodeji Ayodele, urged everyone to draw lessons from the life of the deceased. He said” Pa Adisa was not only a highly principled Community Leader with impeccable character but also deeply compassionate and close to God before his death. Pa Adisa’s death was painful; Nigerians would never forget that he lived a life full of integrity, honour and selfless service. Those in the political class should emulate him by eschewing politics of bitterness, hatred and tribalism, which he stood for during his life time. After his interment at his residence: Omolewa Street, off Queen Elizabeth Road, UCH/Yemetu, Ibadan, guests were treated to a grand reception at Emeritus T.O Ogunlesi Multipurpose Hall opposite UCH Main Gate, University College Hospital Ibadan, Oyo State.

Yinka Osin, Ibidun Toweh, Tejide Wyse, Yemisi Ibrahim, Sumbo Oyekoya, Jumoke Odunbanjo with Foluso Adama

Very Rev. Ayodeji Ayodele


The graveside ceremonies

Mrs. Famurewa, Adekunle Adisa with Mrs. Olujitan

Dapo Adigun, Wale & Tundun Ojo

Mummy Dupe Oke, Mr. Funke Odunsi with Chief (Mrs.) Oluyoola Adisa

Funke Ilori, Yejide Wyse, Yemisi Ibrahim, Folusho Adama with Ibidun Toweh

Efo Osifoh & Tola with Adebayo


Yinka Ogunsusi, Lara Ogunfolu with Dr. Kemi Bamiduro



The beautiful couple


he fact that everyone has a missing rib is the reason men go in search of suitable women who have the capability to complement their existence. In this vein, Oluwasijubomi Oluwagbemiga Sanya found his in Diekololaoluwa Onikepo Okegbenro, and did not waste time in solemnizing the union in well-attended ceremonies. For the couple, who met two years before their nuptials, their journey to marital bliss began with the engagement that was colourful and classy. The couple sealed their marriage at the African Church Cathedral, Salem in Ebute

Metta, Lagos. Radiating happiness, the bride stepped out in a beautiful, floorlength Ivory floor gown, accompanied by a silver hair piece and jewelry. The groom, on his part, settled for a blue suit, white shirt and bow tie, even as the family dazzled in beige and orange attires of different designs. After the lively church service, guests were then entertained at a top notch reception inside The Haven Event Centre, G.R.A Ikeja. Yemi Shodimu was the Master of Ceremonies, ably assisted by comedian Seyi Law. The Chairman of the Occasion and GMD/CEO,

Bride’s parents, Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Gboyega Okegbenro singing at the church service

Groom’s parents, Sir. & Prof. (Mrs.) Funmi Sanya & family members at the church service



Couple making their marital vows

Barrister (Mrs.) Diekolola Sanya signing the marriage register

Dr. Oluwasijibomi Sanya signing the marriage register

Couple with Officiating Ministers

Primate, African Church Nigeria & Overseas, His Eminence, The Most Rev. (Dr.) E.J. Udofia presenting the marriage certificate to the couple

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Lagos, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi admonished the couple, using his marriage of 25 years as a case study. His message was captioned God, Commitment, Communication and Conflict Management (GCCC). Having cut the gigantic cake prepared and designed 68

(L-r): Olori Labisi, Olori Yetunde, Osile Oke Ona, Oba Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso and Olori Omolara, with bride’s parentst

by Mrs. Ope Tejuosho of The Muse Academy, the couple proceeded to healthily feeding each other in a most romzantic manner. The ageless Sir Shina Peters entertained the audience in company of Lekan Ojo and The Aristo Band. Orangun Oke Ila, Oba & Olori Adedokun Abolarin with Oba Adedapo Tejuoso

(L-r) Ex-Nigeria’s Soccer international, Waidi Akanni, Sir Gboyega Okegbenro & friends

Mr. & Mrs. Kayode Euzebio

Bride’s family members at the church service

Mr. & Mrs. Ladeji with Bamidele Ladeji

Jibike & Abimbola Aka-Bashorun

(L-R) Moji Siyanbola, Gbenro Adu & Bunmi Olafusi

Immediate past Chairman, Island Club, Prince Demola Dada & wife with Mrs. Funmi Alade

(L-r) Mr. & Mrs. Bayo Adeniji-Fashola with Dr. Abiola Ogundipe

Chief Ekerin Olusegun Oderinde & wife, Chief (Mrs.) Ayotunde Oderinde

Mrs. Bunmi Olowude, wife of Late IGI founder, Mr. Remi Olowude & Tayo Olowude



Groom & his crew

Groom, Dr. Oluwasijibomji Sanya with bride’s parents

Bride with groom’s parents

Bride’s parents, praying for her

(L-r) Ms. Lanre Ogunniya, Comfort Kruppa & Sunkanmi Lawson with bride’s Parents


Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, SSG, Ogun State with the bride’s parents

(L-r) Commodore Funmi Oduyemi (Rtd.), Prophet Joseph Alao Akinlade, bride’s father, Chief Gboyega Okegbenro & Air Commodore Layi Atanda (rtd.)

(L-r) Kola James, Sir Gbenga Badejo (FCA), Segun Ajibola, SAN, Dimeji Mako & Larry Ayeni

(L-r) Mrs. Olabisi Salami (Labsal), the couple, bride’s grandmother, Mrs. C. A. Okegbenro & Mrs. F. O. Soetan

(L-r) Mitchel Obi, Barrister Tunde Ogala, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Sir Gbenga Badejo, FCA & Mr. Femi Fadahunsi

(L-r) Olori Lape Abolarin, Orangun Oke Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin with the couple

Global Excellence Publisher, Mayor AKinpelu & veteran journalist/publicist, Prince Bayo Osiyemi

(L-r) Kayode Ajala & Afro Juju Creator, Sir Shina Peters (SSP)



Rtd. AIG, Mr. Jonny Olatunji Alapini with Oba D.S. Adenugba, the Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye

Couple’s parents with Chief Dele Momodu

(L-r) Senator Gbenga Obadara, Ogun State SSG, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Ebumawe, Evang. Olubukola Okunowo & Chief Edward Alani Amosu.

(L-r) Mr. Jibola Awosheyi, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief & Mrs. Momodu

(L-R) Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Gbenga Okegbenro, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Oye Balogun, Oba Adenugba & Adeoluwa

Immac Group Chairman, Chief Kole Olatunji (left) & Asiwaju Bisi Adegbuyi

Dr. Segun Okeowo (first left), Sola Oyekanmi & Okegbenro

Encomium Publisher, Kunle Bakare (middle) with Akin Ariyo(left) & Ray Akalonu


(L-r) Segun Adesanya, Asiwaju Bisi Adegbuyi & Dimeji Mako

(L-r) Engr. Tokunbo Odebunmi, Dimeji Mako & Pastor Toye Kings-Okanlawon

Chairman of the reception, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, Vice Chairman/CEO, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc., directing the cutting of the cake

The colourful cake

(L-r) Bola Shodipo, Onigegeara of Lagos, Chief Jide Damazio & Engr. Olawunmi Gasper

(L-r) Engr. Idowu Salawu, Okegbenro & Amb. Kings-Okanlwon

(L-r) Barrister Yomi Dada, Tunde Banjo, Samson Siasia & bride’s dad

(L-r) Siasia’s wife, Eunice, ex-Nigeria international Waidi Akanni, Siasia & bride’s dad

(L-R) Dapo Oyebade, CP Leye Oyebade, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Chief Momodu, Adeoluwa, Pastor Bola Adeboye & Chief Tunji Sunmonu

(L-r) Arc. Biodun Fari (Ferrari), Seni Kosoko, Sir Gbenga Badejo & Dr. Akintunde Ayeni (YEMKEM)

Former Ekiti State Information Commissioner, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye & wife


WHEN DJ GOSPORELLA TURNED 50 By Solomon Ekhaiyemhe

Gosporella & his lovely daughters

DJ Gosporella & friends

Ouch! boss, Uche Nnaji, Michael Effiong, DJ Gosporella & Koffi

DJ Gosporella with Pastor Ituah Ighodalo

Patrick Doyle proposing the toast

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Chief Tony Okoroji, Olori Tope Abe & Ms. Lola Sanusy

ack in the days, DJ Alfred Campbell was the rave. If you were having a major gig, he would be on your wish list, but today, he has left the “world”, found Jesus and has rechristened himself, DJ Gosperella-playing and promoting only gospel and edifying music. After a few years of presenting gospel on radio, he has gone a step

further by establishing Gosporella FM Nigeria’s first online family station which is fast gaining momentum When the multiple award-winning gospel music promoter and CEO, GosporellaFM turned 50th, the humble gentleman hosted a cosy ceremony to celebrate it. It was an evening of spiritually-stimulating music, inspirational talk, prayers and fun.

Staff of Gosporella Fm

Efemena Okedi with Ras kimono

DJ Gosporella with friends & family

DJ Gosporella & Gboyega Durojaiye

Gosporella & family

DJ Gosporella with first daughter

DJ Gosporella with Joy Eghogho Campbell

Gosporella & Ras Kimono


AT THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY 2016 IN LAGOS Story: Babatunde Martins Photo: Adekoya Adegbite


here is only one person in the world who has two birthdays, and that is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This year’s celebration was extra special because she was celebrating her 90th-and thus, while she turned ninety on April 21, 2016, on June 11, 2016, there will be another celebration across the globe. In Nigeria, the British High Commission which has always celebrated the Queen’s Birthday Party hosted a lively cocktail event in Ikoyi, Lagos that was well-attended.

The High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Awkright in his speech emphasized the long-standing relationship between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, pledging that the UK will continue to be a partner in progress. Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem congratulated Her Majesty The Queen on her birthday and affirmed that Nigeria will continue to work with Britain in its quest for development.

Paul Arkwright (British High Commissioner) & Hon. Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdul-Lateef (Home Affair )

Mr. Andrew Fleary, Otunba Funsho Lawal, Chief Olu Falomo & Mr. Rahul Murean

Paul Arkwright, Omotola Jolade & Jayjay Okocha

R-l: Jalo Waziri, Tukur Umar, HRM. Oba Rilwan Akiolu & Salisu Adamu Mohammed

Stella Iwute, Omotola Jolade, Folashade Aluko & Amina Waziri


Marniiee Notting-Ham & Hellen Ayigbe

Erelu Abiola Dosunmu & Chief Joop Berkhout

Alasdrair Peam, Lucy Pearson, John Lucy Pearson, John & Cdv Shaun Quinn

Theresa Adeniyi, Folashade Aluko & Habibat Badmus

Benny Grand, Chief Olopade & Olu Akpata

Ekua & Ronke Onadeko

Mary Waker, Wale Adebajo & Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Anjorin Isaac, Rinnie, Adetoun Adejimi, Adetutu Owialo & Tunde Recku

Loveline Onuoha, Nkoyo, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa & guest

Dubem Okafor, Mary-Ann Onwuchekwa, Sola Odele, Moses Akeke, Lauretta Charles & I.E. Imoke

Katey Hewtson, Steve King, Tim Cox, Mark Well-Cole & Anwan Oakwano


Paul Okoye, Mr. Wale Adebajo, Jayjay Okocha & Cdr. Shaun Quinn Royal Navy

Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Jalo Waziri, Okey Nwuke, Tunde Coker & Ade Bajomo

Mr. Salisu, Edward Nyong & Ali Baba Abdul

Tunde Kilani (r)

Andrew Fleming, Oduntan Seye, Arcbishop Ola Ademowo & Lyndan

Oba Abimbola Akinyele & Olori, Chief Joop Berkhout & Oba Ojutalayo

Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh & Sola Odele

Mr. Rahul Murean, Chief Olu Falomo & Andrew Fleming


Tunde Arogunmati, Seyi Adeyemo & Wunmi Ogunbiyi


ALHAJI (CHIEF) ADAMSON ARUNA Story: Funmilayo Adeyemi Photo: Abraham Falodun

H.E Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr. Habib Aruna & H.E Governor Abiola Ajumobi

H.E Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, H.E Governor Abiola Ajumobi & Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji & others arriving the event


he ancient city and capital of Oyo State shook to its very foundations when top politicians and media personalities came to town to celebrate the life of Alhaji (Chief) Adamson Aruna, the father of, Habib Aruna, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Apart from Governor Ambode, who personally came to support one of his most trusted aides, his Oyo State counterpart, Governor Abiola Ajimobi , Senator

Arrival of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Solomon Olamilekan (YAYI), former Lagos State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and many Media Executives were all there. The late Alhaji Aruna who died at the age of 85 was given a rousing farewell as the venue, Trans Amusement Park was filled to capacity. Guests were well taken care off and also adequately entertained by the famous Suga Band. During his lifetime, Alhaji Aruna was an epitome

of discipline, dedication and hard work. He worked at the University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for 35 years as a Staff of the Maintenance Department. After his retirement without blemish, he delved into business and began to touch many lives as a Community Leader. He held the Chieftaincy Title of Omorodion of Ivbiaroland, Auchi, Edo State. He is survived by wives, children and grandchildren. 79

From 2nd left Mr. Habib Aruna, Sen. Adeola Solomon (YAYI) & H. E. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lance Musa, Soni Irabor, Mr. & Mrs. Habib Aruna & Olufolarin Ogunsanwo

Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Steve Ayorinde & Biodun Kupoluyi

Barr. Dandi Akurunwa, Ayodeji Karim & Folaju Adeoye

Sen. & Mrs. Soji Akanbi

Chris Nwandu, Sanya Onayade, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, Biodun Kupoluyi & Ganiyu Balogun Jnr.

Top media personalities

Mariam Osuji, Aishat Adamson, Rametu Momodu & Kabiru Momodu


Mr. & Mrs. Henry Clarkson

Mr. Habib Aruna with friends

Mrs. Aruna, Vivian Umogbai & friend

Olufolarin Ogunsanwo with Mr. & Mrs. Habib Aruna

Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Steve Ayoyinde & Dr. Olufemi Onanuga

Fola Adeyemi, Mike Dada, Arch. Niyi Adelaja & Loye Amsat

Aisha Adamson Aruna, Alfred Akeredolu & Zefe Ifidon

Steve Ayorinde, Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Gbenga Adefaye & Ganiyu Balogun

Mrs. Aruna, Aisha Adamson Aruna & others

Habib Aruna, Fola Adeyemi & friend

Layinka Adagun, Lagos Trafic Radio, Habib Aruna with Mrs. Modupe Adagun

Dayo Adeyinka, Habib Aruna & Doja Allen


Mr. & Mrs. Habib Aruna

Aisha Adamson Aruna with family friends

Mrs. Dandi Akurunwa, Asana Akwuh, Aisha Aruna, Folaju Adeoye & Adaobi Izekor

Aisha Aruna & Rametu Momodu

Mr. & Mrs. Ozolua Uhakheme


Habib Aruna, Tope Oniye, Omololu Rosanwo & Awwal Nalado

Hon. Josiah Abiola, Felix Ofou, Hon. Olusegun Olulade, Gani Balogun Jr. Aliu Mohammed

Steve Ayorinde, Habib Aruna & Adeniji

Deji Balogun, Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Mr. & Mrs. Habib Aruna & others

Loye Amsat, Deji Balogun & Yinka Oyedeji

Dele Ashade, Tunde Ramon, Ramon Nasir & Rotimi Durojaiye

Davidson Iriekpen, Charles Okoh & Prince Eze Obinero

Abdul Imoyo, Olumide Iyanda & Ramon Nasir

Mojeed Jamiu, Hon. Olusegun Olulade & Habib Aruna

Soni Irabor & H.E Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

Anthony Adeboye Adeyinka & Senator Adeola Solomon(YAYI)


Ramon Nasir, Habib Aruna & Ejiro Roman Adigbo

Engr. & Mrs. Ade Akinsanya ( Hon. Comm. for Waterfront Lagos State)

Habib Aruna, Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Steve Ayorinde & others

Habib Aruna with top associates

Niyi Fehintola, Gani Adewale, Ahmed Adepoju & Timothy Jones

Abiodun Adedeji & Jamiu Afolake

Loye Amsat, Steve Ayorinde, Ayodeji Karim & Folaju Adeoye Ayodeji Karim, Dandi Akurunwa, Adaobi Izekor, Aisha Aruna & Folaju Adeoye


Ayodeji Karim, Folaju Adeoye with friends

Azuh Arinze, Debby Olabode & Tola Koku

Steve Ayorinde & Biodun Kupoluyi

Olushola Cambell, Kola Amole, Aisha Aruna, Murphy Adegbayi, Barr S.I. Salami & Demola Adegbayi

Habib Aruna with friends

Habib Aruna & Ajayi Temitope

Fola Adeyemi, Sanya Onayade, Steve Ayorinde, Gbenga Adefaye & Mrs. Funke Egbemode

Azuh Arinze (l) & Habib Aruna (r)

Anthony Adeboye Adeyinka, Habib Aruna, Dehunmi Ogunsanya, Niyi Alebiosu & Yusuf Bolaji

PS Fola Adeyemi & Deji Balogun( General Manager LTV)

Aliu Mohammed, Habib Aruna & Gani Balogun Jr




Story: Rukayat Adebayo Photo: Solomon Ekhaiyeme


t was a million tiny little things that when added all up, meant we were supposed to be together and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home-only to no home I'd ever known . I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it was like magic". The above quote from 1993 America Romantic Comedy Sleepless in Seattle, a favourite of Adebayo Omoboriowo, the official photographer of the President


Muhammadu Buhari, is one of the many reasons why he pitched his eternal love tent with the delectable Omolola Omitokun. "We met at a church programme. It was a skills acquisition event. I was in the Cakes and Confectionary class while he was a facilitator for Photography. We got talking when I was offered a lift by him from Church", Omolola gushed. "He proposed in Dubai. I was on holiday with my friend and we had

Chief Adesoji Ajayi Bembe & Ayodele Oyekan (Representatives of Oba of Lagos)

Comdr. & Mrs. Olutayo Omitokun (Rtd) & Prince & Mrs. Yemi Omoboriowo

The Reverend Canon Clement with the couple

The couple with the Officiating Priests

The groom snaps his bride

The couple with Comdr. & Mrs. Olutayo Omitokun (Rtd) (bride’s parents)

Prince Yemi Omoboriowo (groom’s father)

The couple with Comdr. & Mrs. Olutayo Omitokun (Rtd)(bride’s parents)

The couple with bride’s parents & siblings

The couple with friends


The couple

The beautiful couple

Prince Yemi Olateru-Olugbegi, Prince Ademuluyi & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Princess Adetokunbo Okunrinboye-Omitokun with Oba Rilwan Akinolu (Oba of Lagos)

Bashorun Dele Momodu with Adebayo John Omoboriowo

Adebayo John Omoboriowo with Lukesh Omoboriowo

issues with our hotel booking so we had to book another hotel. When we got to the new hotel, I noticed the guide and my friends were acting strangely and pushing me to go to a room. When I got inside, I saw roses on the floor and on the bed. Then, I saw someone hiding with a camera at the back of a curtain and when I turned back I saw Bayo walking towards me holding a box in his hand and I started laughing", the elated bride revealed the genesis of their lifetime journey. The event commenced with the solemnization of the holy matrimony at Our Saviour's Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos with the Reverend Canon Folorunso O. Agbelusi as the Officiating Minister. He advised the couple to settle their disputes amicably without the involvement of a third party. He backed this up with a verse from 88

the Holy Bible "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh". The church service ended with a Thanksgiving after which guests proceeded to Yetunde's Place, Park View, Ikoyi, Lagos for the reception. The reception venue was given a magical touch by Bidazled Events and it was filled to the brim with family, friends as well as dignitaries. Anchoring the programme, Extreme The Comedian had the attendees in stitches with laughter. They were also treated to good music by DJ Weymo and Pleasant Sound Entertainment band. The bride in her Love Tims wedding dress and the dapper groom in his St. Michael's suit made a grand entry alongside their train, looking dashing

and exuding class. Musical performances by the singing sensation, Waje and Iyawo mi crooner, Timi Dakolo thrilled guests with energetic performances. Gracing this marvellous event include the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole and his wife, Lara, publisher of OVATION Magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Prof. Duro Oni, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler, Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu and a host of others. Catering was handled Stella's Kitchen, Just Grillz, For Food Only, Sweet Cravings, Icey, Cocktails, Ibot Exclusive, Ambassador's kitchen and Lala's grill. The cutting of the breath taking cake, made by Nightingale Cakes was coordinated by Governor Oshiomole.

The couple with friends

His Excellency Comrade Adams Oshiomhole & his wife, Lara

Prince Yemi Omoboriowo with His Excellency Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

Ms. Konyi Osibanjo,Mr. Tunde Fowler, the groom, Mrs. Fowler & Mrs. Funke – Fowler –Kuku

The couple with His Excellency Comrade Adams Oshiomhole & his wife

The couple with His Excellency Comrade Adams Oshiomhole with his wife & both parents

Bishop & Bishop (Mrs.) Anaba

Mrs. Titi Obagun-Rufai with Mr. Yinka Ibidapo


The couple with Adebola Williams

Ms. Konyi Osibanjo with Mrs. Funke Fowler-Kuku

Couple with friends

Abidat Lawal with Qasim Jimoh

Jide Odukoya & friends

The couple with Mrs. Funke Fowler-Kuku & Ms. Konyi Osibanjo


Mr. Tunde Fowler with Prince Yemi Olateru-Olagbegi

Mr. & Mrs. Tunde Fowler, Prince Yemi Olateru-Olagbebi & Princess Adetokunbo Okunrinboye-Omitokun & Prince Gboyega Ademiluyi

The groom, Remi Ayinde, Otunba Adeda Ibidapo & Mr. Fela Ibidapo

Hon. Phillips, Princess Adetokunbo Okunrinboye-Omitokun & Mr. Femi Omosebi

Princess Adetokunbo Okunrinboye-Omitokun, the groom, Oba Rilwan Akiolu (Oba of Lagos) & the white Cap Chiefs

Mr. Sankey, Mrs. Biola Obagun-Towobola & Princess Adetokunbo OkunrinboyeOmitokun

Prince Gboyega Ademiluyi, Prince Yemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Otunba Sola Alao, Prince Claudi Olateru-Olagbegi, Princess Adetokunbo Okunrinboye-Omitokun, Oba Riliwan Akiolu (Oba of Lagos), Groom, Cdr. Tayo Omitokun (Rtd.) & Mr. Femi Akingbola

The groom with cousins

Aikayla Olateru- Olagbegi, Tunji Oyedeji & Wale Seriki



Celebrant with his family

Mr. & Mrs. Adekunle Ayoade with Children

Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade


t was fun unlimited for amiable gentleman, Adekunle Ayoade when his beautiful wife, children, family and friends gathered to honour him on his 50th birthday. The ceremony which unfolded at the Polish Cultural Centre, Calgary, Canada began with a session of prayers by Dr Bola Kasumu and Barrister Nazif Muhammed, thereafter, family and friends spent time


Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade with Dr. Julius Ogunnariwo & Mr. Wale Onabadejo

pouring encomiums on him. The major points from all the speeches was that Mr. Ayoade is a dependable friend, loving husband, a wonderful father and a very focused as well as hardworking man. What could be described as the highest point of the occasion was not cutting of the creatively-crafted cake by Chinelo Igbelina , which he did with a gale of smiles supported by his family, but when his wife took the mi-

crophone and seductively sang Celine Dion’s “Because you love”. She spent time, gentle emphasising each of the words to the admiration of all, especially her husband who was literarily on cloud 9. Of course, she got a resounding ovation for the sparkling performance. The Ayoade family was at their hospitable best. ITK Catering ensured that guests had a rich choice of meals, while assorted drinks were available. In addition, they

Mr. & Mrs. Jide Odubela

Mr. & Mrs. Ogunfowora

Mr. & Mrs. Akinsanya

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Etokudo

Mr. & Mrs. Uche Obeta

Mr. & Mrs. Bayo Oladele

Aisha, Alh. & Alhaja Gbadamosi

Mr. & Mrs. Derin Taiwo

Mr. & Mrs. John Nwogu

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Oyelusi

Mr. & Mrs. Seun Ogunsola

Mr. & Mrs. Isaiah Okanlawon


Mr Yinka Gbalajobi

Aisha, Alhaji & Alhaja Ajetunmobi with Alhaja Karimat Ayoade

Engr. Sunday Faronbi with the Ayoades

Idris Ayoade

Raymon Ayinde Wele & his fuji champion on stage

Aisha & Alhaja Bola Adeladan with the celebrant

Alhaja Karimat Ayoade & Mr. Francis Ahove


Alhaja Karimat Ayoade & Mrs. Regina Oluwadairo

Kenny & Taiwo Ayoade

Mrs. Dupe, Alhaja Karimat & Kenny Ayoade

Mr. & Mrs. Wale Gbalajobi with Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Oganwu with Mr. & Mrs. Haris Eze (Nig. Ass. President & VP)

Barr. Amina Mohammed, Dr. Bidmus, Mrs Adeola Popoola & Mrs Kemi Raheem

Dr. & Mrs. Bayo Olowe, Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade with Mrs. Ajetunmobi & Alhaja Fagbenro

Barr. & Mrs. Falasinu with Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade

Alhaja Oritoke, Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade, Mr. & Mrs. Kunle Adeola, Mr. Kenny Adetona

Mrs. Adeniyi, Mrs. Helen Udott, Mrs. Harris Eze, Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade, Mrs. Thompson

Representatives of Yoruba Association of Calgary

Mrs. Uche Okeke, Mr. & Mrs. Igbelina with Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade


The Elder's Club of Calgary members

Representatives of Nigerian Canadian Muslims of Calgary

Mr. & Mrs. Victor Ayoade with Mr. & Mrs. Adekunle Ayoade

Mr. Faronbi, Mr. Ahove, Mr. & Mrs. Aborowa, Mrs Olatunbosun, Mr. Adenuga

Alhaja Karimat Ayoade & mom (Alhaja M.A. Shinaba)

Mrs. Kemi Raheem, Alhaja Karimat Ayoade & fFriends

Mr. Bayo Adeyoriju, Dr. & Mrs. Bayo Olowe, Mr. Kenny Adetona

Mr. & Mrs. Ayoade, Mrs. Dupe Oyewole, Alhaja Feyisitan & Mrs. Oseni

also savoured good quality music courtesy, Ramon Ayinde Wele (RAW) & his Fuji Champion of Toronto while DJ EL was on the wheels of steel. Later, the celebrant told OVATION that he was thankful to God for sparing his life in good health to the age of 50. Revealing that his birthday prayer was in fact that God should bless him with many more years of excellent health. Mr. Ayoade who told us that his only regret was that some family members were not given visas to attend the 96

event, went on to discuss his growing up days. “ I was born and had my elementary education in Ibadan before relocating to Lagos for my secondary and tertiary education. I was brought up by a very strict uncle but nevertheless, my growing up was fun and I could say I had the best of childhood experience. “ I usually used to sneak out of the house during school holidays to do some manual labour jobs without the consent of my parents/uncle just to have some extra

cash to spend in school on resumption. Also, I took risks on several occasions with a very good friend of mine, on one occasion, we took a swing on a tree branch across a canal of about 100ft deep. Those were the days”, he said with a lot of nostalgia. Mr Ayoade who hopes to retire fully to his family business described himself as an epitome of contentment and gave his philosophies of life as “Live and let live. Never be in a rush, God’s time is the best.


Osaro Onaiwu & children The Earl Osaro Onaiwu, son of the deceased

From 3rd left, Henry Iyasere, Etinosa Onaiwu, Ken Eso-Adigwu & friends



ow do I begin to express my sense of loss? I find it so difficult to believe Baba is gone. Many may not understand why I should agonize at the exit of a 99 year old father. Walking to your living room has been a nightmare'', one of the children of the late Pa Samuel Imahiyerobo Onaiwu, Osemwonyemwen these were the words of Osemwonyemwen in his moving tribute. When people die and leave positive impacts in the lives of those around them like the deceased did, it is difficult adjusting to the reality of not having them around anymore. 'Baba at Alaghodaro' as the deceased was fondly addressed was a true believer in Christ and a role model to those who encountered him - an exceptionally gifted grammarian with enviable verbal power of expression that earned him the nickname 'Walloper'. He was an embodiment of peace and a principled gentleman. A lover of children whose house was a home for all. Catering for the lessprivileged was a thing he enjoyed doing and this made him a man after people's

hearts. Guests, well-wishers and those who have benefitted from the deceased's goodwill thronged his residence at Alaghodaro Street off Ehaekpen road, Benin City for the service of songs/wake keep. His family members could not hold back their sadness at his departure even though he lived a long life worthy of emulation. The funeral service was at the Central Baptist Church, Ring Road, Benin City with the President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. (Dr.) Supo Ayokunle as the Officiating Minister. Afterwards, the Baptist Conference Center, TV Road, Benin city, played host to the reception. Dignitaries that travelled from far and wide to pay their last respects included the Esama of Benin, Sir Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and wife, Lady Cherry, Nollywood producer, Lancelot Oduah Imasuen; Captain Hosa Okunbor, Chairman of the People's Democratic Party, Edo State Chapter, Dan Orbih; Hon. Razak Bello Osagie, Hon. Samson Osagie, Hon. Benny Obaze and a host of others.

Barr. Mike Igbinedion, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, Lady Cherry Igbinedion & Dr. Fred Igbinedion

Chief Dan Orbih with Capt. Hosa Okunbor

Earl Osaro Onaiwu with Dennis Ifidon Ojeonu

Chief Eduwu Ekhator with The Earl Osaro Onaiwu

Sir Oseni Elamah & Mrs. Osaro Onaiwu

Earl Osaro Onaiwu with Redcarpet protocol staff

The Earl Osaro Onaiwu, Deacon Ricky Aburime & Sir Osato Ize-Iyamu

Hon. Charles Igbinedion with Senator Matthew Uroghide

Amb. Greg Mbadiwe, Osaro Onaiwu & wife with Mr. Benny Obaze (Bevista) far right


Earl Osaro with wife, Prince Ekpen Akenzua & Mrs. Theresa Erediuwa

Mary Osaro-Onaiwu, Earl Osaro Owaiwu, Martha Osaro Onaiwu & Beverely Osaro Onaiwu

Segun Awolowo, Greg Uanseru & Friend

Hon. Omosede Igbinedion with The Onaiwus

Osaro Onaiwu with Lancelot of Imasuen

Capt. Hosa Okunbo (r) & Mr. Tunde Ayeni with Mrs. Onaiwu

Prince of Bonny with Mondy Aigbedion

Osaro Onaiwu with Raymond Dokpesi Jnr.


Mrs. Earl Osaro Onaiwu, Allan Omorogbe with Alady

R-l: Dr. Tinyan Okunbo, Hon. EJ Agbonayinwa & Barr. Lorenzo Aligbe


The Adeoya family

The grandchildren Akin Adeoya paying tribute to his dear mother

Okechukwu Kalu, Dupe, Adekemi Kudehinbu, S. S. Ojo & friends

Officiating Ministers from Apostolic Faith with Pa Adefemi Adeoya


eath is inevitable and everyone’s final call to eternity even as the Holy Book says in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 that "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted," and so it was with Mrs. Victoria Adeoya who lived and died a worthy ambassador of Christ. Her final journey home began with Steve Ayorinde, Tope Oguntoyinbo, Dele Olukoju, Akin Adeoya, Al Humphery Onyanabo, Segun Banjo, Muyiwa & Shina Follic

a service of songs held at Time Square Event centre, Ajao Road, Ikeja, Lagos. The 2-hour event commenced with a soulful songs by The Apostolic Faith Church choir followed by Bible reading and testimonies from church members, neighbours, family members and children respectively. In his sermon, Rev. Sola Opaleye urged the congregation to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ as death is a respecter of no one. 101

Mr. & Mrs. Akin Adeoya

Mr. & Mrs. Ayo Adeoya & kids

Mr. & Mrs. Odu & daughter

Mr. & Mrs. Bode Adefolu, Akin Adeoya with Pa Adefolu

Ganiyu Olalekan Sule, Pastor Fisayo Owolabi, Madam Owolabi & Akin Adeoya


Olumide Ajayi, Deborah Fabiyi, Magret John & Agunbiade

Abbas Aleshinloye & Florence Adeoyaade

Shina Follie, Micheal Effiong, Azuh Arinze, Sola Fajobi, Mayor Akinpelu with Mr. & Collins Onwochei, Akin Adeoya, Emeka Onyenacho, Linda Obaseki & Mina Horsefall Mrs. Bisoye Fagade

Dele Taiwo, Segun Banjo & Kunle Bakare

Fatima Salau, Joke Johnson & Kunle Afolayan

Mr. & Mrs. Akin Adeoya, Jahman Anikulapo & Steve Ayorinde

Ladi Smith, Akin Adeoya & Artquake

Badejo, Mr. & Mrs. Yemi Ogundipe, Mr. & Mrs. Thani with Lekan Babatunde

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Alade (Old Skool)

Ambrose Shomide & Capital Femi Adeyinka

Akin Adeoya, Clarion Chukura & Femi Davies

Bimbo Bode-Olaoba, Joke Johnson, Fatima Alao, Wunmi Kayode, Florence Adeoya, Tayo & Grace Peters

The woman of virtue, who was known for her strong faith in God was interred according to her wish at the Apostolic Faith Camp grounds “The City of Saints�, Igbesa in the outskirts of Lagos Late Mama Victoria Olufunke Adeoya was born in Ifaki Ekiti in April, 1938 to late Pa Jacob Aina Fayemi and late Madam Comfort Oloko Fayemi as the eldest of four. She started her primary school education at Methodist Primary

School, Ifaki Ekiti in 1947 and finished at Barnabas Primary School, Ilorin in 1955. She attended Methodist Secondary Modern School, Ifaki Ekiti from the year 1956 to 1958. She proceeded to Wesley Guild Hospital in Ilesha to study Nursing/Midwifery in the year 1959-1962. In December 1964, she got married to Mr. David Adeyemi Adeoya. She was a disciplinarian who was an indefatigable worker in the vineyard of The Lord. 103



Story: Blessing Ehidiamen Photo: Adekoya Adegbite & Segun Lawal

Emmanuel Olaremi, Mrs. Funmi Olagbaji, Mr. Bayo Lewu, Ralph Lewu, Josephine Olobashola & Micheal Olaremi


Officiating Ministers


rrespective of how we live life, one thing is certain, that we will one day say goodbye to this world. It is best to live a life that when we depart, we would have made so great an impact that many would never forget our sojourn on earth. For Deaconess Veronica Ebunoluwa Lewu, she not only lived a life filled with impact, she served in the vineyard of the Lord, that was why her family and friends gathered in droves to celebrate her when she passed on at the age of 76. The burial ceremony began with a service of songs, which took place at Pa High Chief Solomon Ola Adedoyin Lewu family compound in Kabba, Kogi State. The next day, everyone headed to the Christ Apostolic Mission Church, Oke-Igbala Parish, Kabba for the funeral service. It was a wonderful service with many pouring encomiums on the departed for her honesty, industry and commitment to God’s work. Mrs Lewu's first son, Raphael Lewu expressed his feeling thus: "I remember my early years in Kaduna, it was you and I before Bayo arrived. I remember your

show of love, the early morning bath, the then Fanta drinks, my special rice, which you always dished out of the lots you sold to your numerous customers at now Central Market, Kaduna". He further stated "you did not only serve God in truth, you cared for everyone around you and was equally very frank as well. You said things as you saw them and quick to forgive. You lived in total service of your maker and constantly asked after your relatives even in your ill health". Chief Martin S. Bello, Oborogbonsaiye of Oweland noted that Mama was a very caring disciplinarian to the core and that she would always read her Bible and goes everywhere with it, she was committed to fasting and praying. Later, it was time for interment. The graveside ceremony included a few songs, the dust-todust rites before family and friends bade her farewell and she was laid to rest. Deaconess Veronica Ebunoluwa lewu was indeed an angel sent from above, a beautiful heart deserving a befitting burial.


Mr. Bayo Lewu & Mr. Ralph Lewu

Mr. & Mrs. Olaremi

Oreoluwa Lewu, Moshope Lewu & Abimbola Lewu

Mr. & Mrs. Okunrintemi with Dupe Ejeh & Mrs. Christiana Adeniji

Mr. & Mrs. Olagbaji

Dr. Ore Falomo (l)

Mrs. Olomola Oluyemisi, Hephizah Ojomo & Mrs. Janet Adelodun



Mrs. Clara Komolafe & Mrs. Abimbola Lewu

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lewu

Ralph Lewu & friends

Mr. & Mrs. Okunrintemi

Mr. Ralph Lewu (m) with friends

Mr. & Mrs. Ola Oladunjoye with Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lewu


Apase & Yeye Apase Onanubi, Mr. Ralph Lewu with Oreoluwa Lewu

Sam Olowu, MD, Planet Capital, Mr Tony Anonyai, Mr. Ralph Lewu & Gloria Dubi Itiveh

Queen Lady's Special Club of Alagbado

Olabanji & Olobashola Joseph family

Mr. & Mrs. Bimbo Ajiboye With Mr. & Mrs. Lewu

Prince Yemi Aderemi, Mr. & Mrs. Lewu, Mr. Gbolaga Ajayi & friend

Dr. Ore Falomo, Ralph Lewu & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lewu with guests

Dr. Ore Falomo & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Prince Damola Aderemi & Ralph Lewu

Barr. Musbao Lawal, Mr. Kayode Dada, Kabiru Fadile & Abduhakeem Mustapha

Mrs. Flora Durowaye & Mr. Sam Prolific


Mr. & Mrs. Akin Jacobs with Ralph Lewu

Capital Field Staff with Ralph Lewu

Mr. Oluwole Abegunde & Ralph

Olabanji & Olobashola Joseph family

Meryt Usherettes



CHIEF (MRS.) EMILIA AKINDELE IN ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE Story: Babatunde Martins Photo: Segun Lawal (Iroko)

The Akindele family

Officiating Minister, Ven. Clement Kayode Afolabi


enowned America actor, James Dean once said “dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today”. These quote aptly captures the kind of life led by mother, wife, sister and aunty Chief (Mrs.) Emilia Adunola Akindele. The legacies she left behind still lives on even in death. Mama who died at the ripe age of 90 years was an epitome of discipline she was loved by people around her. Those who came in contact with her during the Modakeke and Ife war testified that she played a big role in accommodating women and children at her abode in Akarabata in Ife, she clothe and fed over 300 women and they all eat three square meals. The late Emilia Akindele possessed a heart of gold and radiated selfless kindness, she loved helping anyone in need and always strived to help and uplift the less fortunate in her community. She was known for her honesty, tenderness and compassion. A

retrospective look at her journey in life will illustrate that “mama” was not Moses; God loved her, God knows her name and by her actions and inactions she certainly established a relationship with her creator. As a committed Christian who always put God first. The Iya Ijo of Total Gospel African Church, Modakeke contributed a lot to her Church and her impact was felt by the entire members of Gospel African church in Modakeke, Ife. Mama who left the world with the assurance that she already knew where she was going, the early morning before she died, started singing “Ao pade lese Jesu” to show that she went straight to her creator There was a service of songs for her at gospel church in front of her house in Akarabata, Ife where family, friends and well-wishers gathered to pay their last respects to a mother who has accomplished all her childhood dreams on earth.

Lots of encomiums were poured on her, the most interesting one came from her son, Mr. Akindele, in his moving tribute, he said “I received the news of her death with shock. But God gives and takes, Glory be to Him. Mama was a dedicated Christian who served God and mankind with all her strength. “She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. A wonderful, humble, great and openminded mother, cheerful giver even when things are tight for her, but she strived for others to live comfortably. A mentor, icon of hope and champion of peace, mama was a a prayerful scholar of God’s words. A role model that is worthy of emulation”. The well-attended service of came to end as the church Choir rendered their special number and the Minister of God showered blessings on the children. 109

Pade Ojodide

Mr. & Mrs. Abiola Akomolafe

Mrs. Nike Akinyosoye, Mrs. Comfort Ohiokhie & Mrs. Funke Afolabi

Mr. Olawale Jimoh


Mr. & Mrs. Osisanya

Babatola Valentine & Dipo Abodunde

Chief S. O Oyetade

Engr. & Mrs. Ayodeji

Folorunsho Aregbe, Toyin Aregbe, Femi Akindele, Yewande Ojediran & Adetunji Ojerinde

Pastor Monireti Makinde & Pastor Williams Oye

Mr. & Mrs. Sangonusi


Immaculate House of Mary, Akure

Barr. Ayodele Francesca Aregbe & Mrs. Yewande Adetunji Ojediran

Mr. & Mrs. Bankole

Toyin Afolabi & Tosin Saneh

Tope, Wunmi, Muyiwa & Akinwunmi

Tunji, Yewande, Folorunso, Sola, Folorunso& Oyin


Holy Ghost Band

Priscilia Smith, Jumoke Odu & Motunrayo



ne of Nigeria’s leading quoted companies and a top operator in the Printing business, Academy Press PLC is 50-and it rolled out the trumpets in a big way to celebrate this wonderful occasion. The company which recently acquired and installed new equipment worth over N1.5 billion and has over the years followed the trend of retooling and modernising its facilities is certainly in good stead to continue its pioneering role in the business Speaking at a Customer’s Forum, held at the company’s premises, Ilupeju, Lagos, as part of the 50thAnniversary activities, Managing Director, Mr Gbenga Ladipo said the company has not deviated from its original objective “which is to fill the vacuum of a large printing establishment in the country, noting that the printing industry is facing huge challenges because most of its raw materials are imported” “A key material such as paper completely

depends on importation. So is ink, plates, chemicals, spare and so on. In the era of huge naira devaluation, this has become a big challenge on our cost of production and invariably the cost for our customers.” Ladipo said both the printers and the publishers are discussing with the government on the way forward. Days after this, the Golden Jubilee celebration was rounded off with a colourful dinner at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Chief Olu Akinkugbe was Chairman of the occasion. Mr. Ladipo used the opportunity to reveal the outstanding achievements of the last half a century before dedicated and industrious staff were specially mentioned and decorated with various awards. The ceremony was not all speeches, there was plenty to eat and drink as well as good quality music as guests danced till well into the night.

Mr. Paul Aderigbigbe, Mr. Kayode Olusunmade with Mr. Ahmed Ayodeji

The Board of Directors Academy Press Plc

Mr. Olugbenga Ladipo, Managing Director, Academy Press Plc

Mr. Babs Fashanu, Mr. Wole Olufon with Mr. Paul Aderigbigbe

Mr. Martin Goodman, Mrs. Ayan Koya with Mr. Kayode Olusunmade

Marino Quederik with Sunday Ntiefun


Mr. Laken Oladipo, Mr. Babs Fashanu with Mr. Wole Olufon

Mr. Martin Goodman, Mr. Kayode Olusunmade & guest

Mr. Tajudeen Lawal, Mr. Paul Aderigbigbe, Mr. Segun Oladipo & Mr. Gbenga Ladipo

Mr. Adelaja Osisanwo & Miss Wana Dobange

Mr. Laken Oladipo, Mr. Paul Aderigbigbe


Mr. Adepoju, Mr. Nwaju & Mr. Segun Babayemi

Mrs. Dabirin, Mrs. Olu Madaku & Mrs. Elizabeth Seriki

Mr. & Mrs. Sokunbi

Mr. & Mrs. Ogbenyi Egbe

Mr. Paul, Mr. Babs & Raymond Lebona with Mr. Gbenga Ladipo

Mr. Paul Aderigbigbe, Mrs Olubunmi Olowu-Adekayo & guest

Mrs. Elizabeth Diolulu & Mr. Babs Fashanu

Academy Press Anniversary Organising Committee


Academy Press Anniversary Organising Committee

Mr. & Mrs. Dabiri

Mr. & Mrs. Wole Olaoye

Tunde & Olawunmi Iwamofe

Sir & Lady Eche

Mr. & Mrs. Ogbenyi Egbe


Abiodun Adebanjo, Tajudeen Lawal & Mr. Paul Aderibigbe

Mohanan S.N & Ashwin Mohanan



Olufemi Awoyemi (President online Publishers Association of Nigeria) & special guests

Azuh Arinze, Peter Obi (former Governor of Anambra state) & Olufemi Awoyemi


he Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) had its formal launch in Lagos, the Centre of Excellence with endorsements from world’s number one search engine firm, Google; Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Publisher of Nigeria’s foremost newspaper, ThisDay and Chairman, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), state governments and corporate Nigeria. At the launch, OPAN and its members pledged a self-regulated, process-driven, credible, reliable and a well-structured Nigerian online publishing space. Hosted at the Protea Hotel, Westwood, Ikoyi, Lagos the event brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors who were eager to witness a new phase of online publishing in Nigeria.

Mr. Charles Aigbe, guest, Olufemi Awoyemi & Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor

In his opening remarks the President of the OPAN, Mr. Olufemi Awoyemi noted that with the increase in internet penetration in Nigeria, there has been an upsurge in online publishing. Speaking on “Imperatives for Standards” Mr. Awoyemi shared that online publishing is the process of publishing original content, following the best practices of journalism. He asserted that the obvious issue in online publishing is balancing “free expression” with the “ethos of journalism”. The OPAN President assured stakeholders that the body will bring to Nigeria, the online publishing ecosystem with global best practices. Delivering her keynote address, the Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-

Chiazor believed the digital space affords online publishers more opportunities than challenges, she spoke on ‘creativity in a digital age’. She identified the fact that through the online space, civic participation in Nigeria has increased remarkably, citing the 2015 general elections as example. Chiazor, however made a bold statement that, “Any publisher that does not have an online presence, risks losing relevance”. From the Google side, the Nigerian Country Manager hinted stakeholders that its “AdSense” tool offered online publishers an opportunity, to monetize their work. In his special message at the occasion, Mr. Obaigbena, lauded OPAN on it launch, but urged online publishers to distinguish themselves as 117

Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Country Manager, Google

Emmanuel Asiwe

Tunde Dosekun's Director, Business Development Director, DDB Lagos

Mr. Charles Aigbe, UBA

Olufemi Awoyemi (President, Online Publishers Association of Nigeria) Anthony Chiejina (Group Head Corporate Communication, Dangote Group) & Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor(Google Country Manager)

Azuh Arinze (r) & guest

George Ugbegua with Segun Adebowale (The Quadrant Company)

Blessing Odigie with Peter Benjamin


Barr. Ismail Ahmed (representing Minister of Interior), Hon. Patrick Ukah (Hon. Commissioner for Information, Delta State) & Ahmad Sajoh (Hon. Commissioner for Information, Adamawa State

Olufemi Awoyemi with Bashorun Dele Momodu & Nduka Obaigbena

Hon. Patrick Ukah with Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor

Barshorun Dele Momodu with Barr. Ismail Ahmed

Olufemi Awoyemi (President, Online Publishers Association of Nigeria), Azuh Arinze & other guests

Ahmad Sajoh with Olufemi Awoyemi

Olufemi Awoyemi (President online Publishers Association of Nigeria), Hon. Patrick Ukah (Hon. Commissioner for Information, Delta State) & other guests

Olufemi Awoyemi & his team

journalists, following the path of transparency, fairness and truth. In his address entitled “Positioning Nigeria’s Online Publishing for Global Reckoning” the foremost Publisher expressed his delight at associating with OPAN, according to him, the internet is a mass communications platform with members of the association realizing that they are Journalists and must go back to old traditional ways of doing journalism which includes investigative journalism and factschecking before publishing. “You go back to the old fashion way of doing journalism, check your facts and write the truth. If you publish the truth, if you publish facts, if you set the right agenda, then you build the right brand online and if you build the right brand, you will get currency, you will get audiences, and it is those audiences that you

monetize. So, you build a great business, essentially, I urge you to all return to that age old virtues of journalism,” he said. Obaigbena reminded OPAN members not to forget the purpose of the online space, which is all about information and education. On his part, Mr. Charles Aigbe, Divisional Head, Marketing and Corporate Relations, UBA Group, in his paper entitled “Reporting with Credibility-Building Value & Trust with Stakeholders” advised members on the need for a fair and balanced reporting system that can impact the society positively. Others present at the launch were the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; Bashorun Dele Momodu, Mr. Ahmad Sajoh, Commissioner of Information, Adamawa State; Delta State Information Commissioner, Mr. Patrick Ukah; Honourable Ossai

Nicholas Ossai, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Ethics; and Barr. Ahmed Inuwa, who represented the Minister of Interior, General Abdulraman Dambazau, OVATION publisher, Chief Dele Momodu and Mr Tunde Dosekun, Director, DDB advertising. Others include Mr. Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications at Dangote Group, who represented Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Dangote Group; Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, Head, Marketing, Communications and General Manager at First Bank Group; Mr. Ufot Essien, who represented Zenith Bank Plc; Mrs. Bunmi Onyiola; as well as representatives of the governors and governments of Delta, Ogun, Abia, Lagos and Anambra States. 119


Anjolaoluwa, Eniola, Ayomide, Akorede & Damilola with Parents Gov. & Mrs. Ibikunle Amosun

H.E. Hajia Aisha Buhari & H.E. Olufunsho Amosun

Gov. Amosun, Celebrant, Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd.) & Senator Daisy Danjuma

Hon. Aminat Mohammed, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, H.E. Olufunsho Amosun with Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Hon. Minister of Finance

Crossection of Senators with Gov. & Mrs. Amosun


hen Her Excellency, Olufunsho Amosun, wife of the Ogun State Governor turned 50, she decided not to have a lavish party rather she used the occasion to draw attention to the allimportant issue of our Environment. Not only did she launch the Green Education For The Youths (GEFTY) Foundation, she also brought in experts and environmental enthusiasts to discuss at a grand lecture tagged ‘’Greening the Economy’’.

Her birthday ceremonies actually began with a special Islamic prayer session at the Government House Mosque which was attended by family, friends and members of the Ogun State Executives. Then the main event for the day unfolded-with the Wife of the President, HE (Mrs.) Aisha Buhari officially launching GEFTY to the delight of all present. The birthday ceremony also presented an opportunity for the commissioning of A. A. K. Degun Mitros Estate Laderin, Abeokuta.

The Housing Estate is a project developed in fulfillment of one of the cardinal objectives of the administration of His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to provide qualitative housing for public servants under a home ownership programme, which will see may give benefiting from the opportunity to own their homes The celebrations were rounded off later in the day with a lively “Oldskool” party at the Lagos home of the Amosuns in GRA, Ikeja. 121

Sen. Ken Nnamani , HRM. Oba Aremu Gbadebo (Alake Of Egbaland) , HRM. Oba Sikiru Adetona & Olori

Crossection of dignitaries

H.E. Laoye Tomori, Osun State Deputy Governor & Mrs. Bisi Fayemi H.E. Laoye Tomori , Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, H.E. Funsho Amosun, H.E. Alh. Sherifat Aregbesola & H.E. Bolanle Ambode

Dr. Muiz Banire, Alh. Sinatu Ojikutu, Mr. Adeleke, Hon. Kemi Adeosun, Dr. Ayoade Olatubosun Alakija, Chief (Mrs.) Folake Solanke, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, Mrs. Adejoke Murital Mohammed, H.E. Funso Amosun, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Mrs. Aminat Mohammed, Sen. Dasisy Danjuma, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd.), Dr. Victor Fadeke, Mr. Newton Jibunoh, H.E. Sherifat Aregbesola, H.E. Laoye Tomori, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi & H.E. Bolanle Ambode Dr. Muiz Banire, Dr. Victor Fadeke, Dr. Ayoade Olatubosun Alakija, Mr. Majekodunmi, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, H.E. Funsho Amosun, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Mr. Adeleke & Mr. Newton Jibunoh

Dr. (Mrs) Doyin Abiola & Ms. Iyabo Aboaba

R-l: Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande with HRM. Oba Sikiru Adetona & Olori Kemi Adetona


Olowu of Owu Kingdom

Justice Bola Ajibola (Rtd.)

Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Dr. Victor Fadeke & Mr. Adeleke

Dr. Muiz Banire & Dr. Ayoade Olatubosun Alakija

H.E. Aisha Buhari (wife of the President), H.E. Dolapo Osinbajo (wife of the Vice President) & Senator Daisy Danjuma

H.E. Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Mrs. Aminat Mohammed & Gov. Ibikunle Amosun

Sen. Ken. Nnamani, HRM Oba Aremu Gbadebo (Alake of Egbaland) & Saheeto

Otunba Lai Oriowo & Kunle Koshile

House of Assembly Members with the Amosuns

Exco Members with the Amosuns

Chief (Mrs.) Folake Solanke, SAN & H.E. Olufunsho Amosun

(R-l) Olori Yetunde Tejuoso & Olori Omolara Tejuoso with Celebrant


Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, Chief Onafowokan, Deputy & H.E. Olufunsho Amosun cutting tape of Housing Estate

(Middle) Suraj Adekunbi (Speaker), H.E. Mrs. Yetunde Abosede Onanuga, Hon. Kemi Adeosun, H.E. Olufunsho Amosun & Gov. Ibikunle Amosun

H.E. Olufunsho Amosun dancing with the market womens Leaders of Ogun State

Celebrating with the people

Alh. Sinatu Ojikutu & H.E. Olufunsho Amosun

Chief (Mrs.) Folake Solanke, SAN, H.E. Olufunsho Amosun, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun & Hon. Kemi Adeosun


Prince Kayode Tejuoso with friends

Hon. Dayo Adeneye & Alh. Sefiu Alao

Ayomide, Eniola, H.E. Olufunsho Amosun, Anjola & Damilola

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun & wife, Olufunsho

Mrs Funmi Ajayi, Mrs Ronke Shokefun & other guests

(2nd left): Mr. Dapo Abiodun & Mr. Tunde Ayeni

Caroline Adeneye, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi

Mr. Seni Adetu, Hon. Bimbo Ashiru, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi

(L ) Pst. Ituah Ighodalo

Sen. Lekan Mustapha & wife

D.J. Jimmy Jatt





t is not easy to shock a man like Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, the M a r k e t i n g Communications guru and cerebral businessman who is the Chairman of Troyka Holdings. Well, his wife, Mrs. Joyce Shobanjo was able to pull it off perfectly when she hosted a surprise party to celebrate her husband and mark the milestone recorded by Troyka Holdings, Nigeria's foremost Marketing

Communications organisation which had just entered into a partnership with Publicis Groupe, the third largest Communications organisation in the world. Shobanjo confessed during his speech at the event attended by very close friends, family members and business associates that he was caught completely off-guard and thanked all the "conspirators" for honouring him. R-l: Mr Biodun Shobanjo with Prof Wole Soyinka & wife

Mr, Biodun Shobanjo & his wife, Mrs. Joyce Shobanjo

The Shobanjos: Tunde, Bimbola, Funke with Femi

Dr. Lady Gloria Chima Igwue with Mr. Jimi Awosika

Chief Dele Fajemirokun, John Momoh with celebrant

Prof. & Mrs. Oye Ibidapo-Obe

Frank Edoho, Segun Adebowale with Michael Effiong, Editor, Ovation International


Celebrant with Mr. & Mrs. Bola Akingbade

Tunde Shobanjo, Femi Shobanjo with John Momoh & his wife, Shola


SENATOR FATIMA RASAKI IN LAGOS Story: Odumade Adebimpe Photo Segun Lawal (Iroko)


ife presents us with several remarkable moments, and the most adored moments among them all, are those spent with loved ones. It was the realization of this fact that made the 2-day celebration of Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki’s 60th birthday all the more special. It was a moment of tremendous joy for the sexagenarian mother of five considering that not everyone is privileged to attain this age. On that day, unquantifiable happiness filled her heart, as was expressed in the ceaseless charming smiles that permanently lingered across her face. This was because the more her life was praised and celebrated, she continued to thank Almighty Allah for His grace. The first day of the ceremony was a prayer session which was held at the celebrant’s residence in Victoria Island, Lagos. The prayer was conducted by Imam Shafihi Alaye. The celebrant, who was beautifully dressed in a silver traditional attire, enjoyed the session as the clerics wished her sound health, long life and many more years of celebration. During the sermon, the Imam reviewed Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki’s contributions to Islam and how unique she had been in all spheres of life. Prayers were also said for her husband, Retired General Raji Alagbe Arowolo Rasaki (CON). The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos was venue of the reception, it was filled to capacity, with Yvent Kouture taking great care to beautifully decorate the place. The entrance was grand just as Magna Event led by Yinka Oke Owo had planned. The remarkable ceremony started with the proverbial “red” carpet, which came in diverse colours of Purple, Gold and White. Also, the venue was lit up with classy chandeliers which made the venue


exquisite and created an atmosphere of love and happiness. With guests gaily dressed and seated, Senator Fatimat Rajii-Rasaki, walked in beautifully dressed in a lovely green and silver enhancements. As a serving Senator, the reception was naturally an assemblage of the political top shots. Apart from the distinguished dignitaries at the prayer session who also turned up at the reception. These were: Ronke Ayuba, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Senator Uche Ekwunife, Oyo State Governor and his wife, Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, former Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Mrs. Titi Oseni, Chairman, Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum Industry, Chief Felix O. Fagbohungbe and Senator Dino Melaye. As guests stepped into the lovely venue, they were warmly ushered into the hall and enthralled by soothing jazzy tunes courtesy of Yemi Sax and Aristors Band. In a section of the hall stood the celebrant's birthday cake, which was itself an artistic expression and the embodiment of elegance. The four tier cake was nicely crafted in white with crystals on it. The cake had the shape of a royal castle and held quite an attraction for all. It was a beauty to behold! They say masters of ceremonies (MC) make events, and the saying proved correct, SACO, a rising star anchored the event. The multi linguist proved to be professional as he played his part with peerless precision as proceeding kicked off when Mrs Eyitayo said the opening prayers. In her opening remarks, Adeola, the celebrant’s daughter, described her mother as a wonderful human being and true mother who was always there for them. In the "let's tell a little story" session, a lot was said

about the celebrant by family, friends, children and colleagues. From the good to the downright humorous, the noholds-barred tributes and remarks exposed the real Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki. Indeed, some remarks were vivid descriptions of the humane side of the celebrant’s life, which many never knew. She was described as a disciplinarian par excellence, hardworking woman, a woman who cherishes the simple things of life; a self-assured and confident woman who considered no one a threat to her mission in life. The event was also enlivened with an enchanting dance performance by Apex Dance Crew. Truly, it was a turbo-charged affair from start to finish. In his tribute, the Senate President described the celebrant as a woman of strong character whose political knowledge has seen her soar. "For all this period I have known Fatimat RajiRasaki, She has been very vibrant and has been of great service of Nigeria. The cutting of the cake was officiated by a close friend and First Lady of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajumobi. The exercise was brilliantly, done at the count of S-U-C-C-E-S-S. The celebrant, now decked in a well-designed white grown with diamonds, appreciated friends, family and loved ones who contributed to the success of the event. She specially appreciated her husband, who she described as her pillar of support. The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Muritala Rasaki. From then on, guests joined the celebrant on the dance floor and it was jollity all the way. It was really a great way to welcome Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki into the sexagenarian club.


Celebrant, husband & family

Celebrant & husband with Islamic Clerics

Mrs. Ronke Ayuba, Alhaja Bisi Abiola, celebrant & friends

Admiral &Mrs. Eyitayo with Brig-Gen. Raji Rasaki (Rtd.)

Laide Rasaki, Azeeqz Rasaki, Braibi Rasaki, Adeola Rasaki & Mrs. Seun Rasaki

Celebrant & Rt. Hon. Titi Oseni

The Rasakis with family & friends

Celebrant & husband

Vote of thanks by Muri Rasaki



Celebrant & husband cutting her cake

Francis Ogboro & wife

Alhaji Muritala Gbadeyanka (r)

Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, H.E Mrs. Florence Ajimobi & guests

Azeez Rasaki, his mum & guest


Princess Abimbola Omotade sharing a toast

The beautiful Senator Fatimat Rasaki



Razaaque assisted by his wife and son about to cut the cake with family & friends

Celebrant and his wife arriving the party

Razaaque, his wife & son


miable and hardworking businessman, Alhaji Razaaque Animasaun who is the Managing Director/CEO, Business Integrative Consulting had one of the most lively 50th birthday parties in Accra, Ghana in recent years. The ever bubbly gentleman did not call the whole world to his shindig, it was an exclusive, very private affair

Razaaque & his boys pose with their Favourite Big Uncle, Alhaji Kareem Tajumola

attended by only close family members, friends and associates-little wonder that months after, the memories still linger and people are still discussing the funfilled occasion. Held at the highbrow Labadi Beach Hotel, the event began with cocktails and then there was a full course dinner before a session of drinks and dance! 131

Razaaque with Bashorun Dele Momodu & Iyiola Ayoade

Razaaque with Tosin, Mawena & Stephanie of RLG.

Razaaque with friends, Frank and Earl

Razaaque with his favourite nephew, Adeola Tejumola & childhood friends, Oluwole & Fola

Razaaque with Shika, Promise &Joojo

Razaaque with the Imam who said the opening prayer

Razak, Razaaque & Efosa

Razaaque with old friends from Nigeria


Razaaque & wife with Akin and Eugenia, Vlisco Ambassador, 2014

Razaaque with Mr. & Mrs. Obeng

Razaaque & Uncle Wale from London

Razaaque & Toyin with Mr & Mrs Dolapo Ogundimu

Razaaque & Tade Rogers from Chicago

Razaaque & his neighbour, Mr. Adjei

Razaaque & his Golfers' fraternity

Celebrant with Mr & Mrs Krobo Edusei

Razaaque & Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Ayesu

Razaaque & his one and only sister, Eno

Mr Oyebamiji, Managing Director of Osun State Investment Corporation (OSICOL) & Stephanie of RLG.


Razaaque & APC Chairman Ghana Chapter

Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Razaaque & Wofa

Iyiola, Larry Wellington, Chief Momodu & a friend

Bashorun Dele Momodu with Balo of D Den Restautrant, Accra

Charles Akinola, Razaaque, Kay and Olumide

Banbana with Razaaque & his wife

Mr. & Mrs. Omoruga and Razaaque


Razaaque with friends

Razaaque with his Ghanaian sisters


Mrs. Omotayo Gbajabiamila-Olamona & family cutting the birthday cake

Mrs Omotayo Gbajabiamila-Olamona

Chairman of the event, Mr. Taiwo Sholarin


or His goodness, for His blessing, For His provision and for His protection, Mrs. Omotayo Gbajabiamila-Olomona, a super public servant who has been serving with distinction and an unblemished record had God to thank when she hit the BIG 50. The celebrant who is an Asst. Director, Ministry of Housing, Lagos State hosted family, friends and associates to a sumptuous party at the famous Eagle’s Club, Surulere, Lagos. As expected of a devoted Christian and lover of God, the celebration kicked off with a church service. The

officiating minister was Pastor Isaac Odetunde, he reminded the congregation to always give thanks to God for counting them among the living. He noted that since the Bible directs that we should always give God thanks, we should, because that enables us to get greater blessings from God. He encouraged those in the audience who had not given their lives to Christ to have a rethink because in his opinion, one’s life is more meaningful with God. He said the celebrant was a shining example of what God can do in the life of His Children, especially those who are

Bashorun Dele Momodu with celebrant

Bible Reading by Victorious Olamona

Prayer by Pastor Isaac Odetunde

Aunty Molola, celebrant's mum, Mrs. Stella Gbajabiamila, Mrs. Adeola Gbajabiamila, Lina, celebrant’s brother, Mr. Bolaji Gbajabiamila & celebrant's niece, Mrs. Yinka Akinleye

Ayo Subair, celebrant & Toyin Pinheiro, SAN


Gbajebiamila family with the celebrant

Celebrant with Eko Club Members

Williams Annastasia, Eunice Ibeakanma, Marvis Debbie Festus & Obasi Rose Ezinne Mr. & Mrs. Ajogun, Engr. Tokunbo Odebunmi

Mrs. Olubunmi Odedina & Mrs. Aramide Ekisola Shitta-Bey Sir & Lady Rotimi Lawanson

Gbajebiamila family with the celebrant

Bella House of Beautify team with Mrs. Omotayo Gbajabiamila

committed to his work. Her life of service to humanity, role as a mother and a great friend were emphasized by Bisi Shonibare, Sola Fashola-Shonoiki, Bukola Saheed and her son, Trust Olamona when they gave tributes. The lively Church service was soon over and the venue was re-adjusted slightly for the Reception which was chaired by Mr. Taiwo Sholarin. Guests 136

were well entertained and the Faith Band dished out very good music. Mrs. Gbajabiamila-Olamona was born in London, she went to the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) where she had her A levels, after which, she proceeded to the University of London, UK where she studied Political Economics and bagged a B.A Hons degree. She is married to Olushola Olamona and blessed with beautiful children. Alhaja Bello Aduke & Alhaja Aduni Ajide

Kemi Otegbade, Bashorun Dele Momodu, celebrant & Rotimi Obey

Augustus Ikenwa(Markting Director, DBN TV) Prince Osa Sonny Adun(Chairman, DBN TV)

Dotun Olaribigbe & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Yinka Oropo (left)

Buki Tijani, Yoyin Tj & Aisha Dozie

Arese Alonge, Bukola Saheed & Bosun Oyefeso

Kemi Otegbade, Kike Awoshika & Oyin Onime

Aminat Gbajabiamila, Sal Gbajabiamila & guest

Arinola Alphonse, Temilade Fajemisin-Coker & Omosalewa Adesakin-Salau

Abiodun Alex-Duduyemi & Lulu Anderson


Mrs Abimbola DaCosta, Mrs Yemisi Akanni & Mrs Tutu Ayeni

R-l:Kunle Ogedengbe, Ola kukoyi, Kayode Lanihun & Toyin Layiwola

Tribute by Hon. Bolaji Dada

Tribute by Bisi Shonibare

Tribute by Mrs. Bukola Saheed

Tribute by son, Trust Olamona

Olawunmi Izegbu with Mr. & Mrs. Tayo Lawal

Mr. Bolaji Saheed (Basia),Bukola Saheed & Bunmi Omabuwa


Mrs. Omotayo Gbajabiamila & Bola Awokoya

Juliet, Julius & Sandra

ALHAJI ALIKO DANGOTE IS GUARDIAN MAN OF THE YEAR Story: Funmilayo Adeyemi Photo: Segun Lawal

Lady Maiden Ibru with Alhaji Aliko Dangote


Dr. Alexander Thomopulous, Kim Hammond, Lady Maiden Alex- Ibru, His Eminence Arc Bishop Alexander Gianniris & Toke Ibru

Mr. Joseph Makoju, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Mr. Fola Adeola & Emmanuel Ikazaboh

Mr. Eluem Emeka-Izeze & Alhaji Mohammed Hayatudeen

t was indeed an evening of smiles as Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Forbesrated Africa’s Richest man, emerged as Guardian Man of the Year 2016 at a cosy ceremony which unfolded at The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos. Right from inception in 1987 when General Olusegun Obasanjo emerged the first Man of the Year for his role as the unofficial critic-in-chief of the military government of the time, it has been the tradition of The Guardian Newspapers to celebrate trailblazers each New Year. The event began with a cocktail session as guests where guests enjoyed assorted wines and canapés, while networking and hobnobbing. Formal proceedings began with a short remark by The Guardian Newspaper’s Editor in-Chief Mr. Debo Adeshina after which Guardian Publisher, Lady Maiden Ibru delivered her speech where she extolled the virtues of Alhaji Dangote. In her words, the man of the moment, defied the odds, and saw opportunities where others pulled back. “For venturing into the quick sands of manufacturing, Dangote has arguably become Africa’s foremost industrialist, entrepreneur, investor and a big employer of labour,” she said. According to the publisher, The Guardian saw early on the need to single out trailblazers as worthy examples for the society, which necessitated the institution of the Man of the Year Award, to celebrate individuals and groups that have made the greatest impact on the lives of the people, nation, continent and the world at large. Explaining the rigorous process that culminates in the eventual

unveiling of the Man or Person of the Year Award, she said the exercise, which usually begins in the Editorial Board with nominations by members, is followed by weeks of debate, during which a shortlist of candidates is drawn up. Speaking on the choice of Dangote for the award, Lady. Ibru said the highly successful entrepreneur was an easy pick. “In our estimation, he stood shoulders higher than others in his bold efforts to become the builder of modern Africa, to create jobs for our teeming population and courageously confront conventional wisdom that says an African entrepreneur stands no chance when pitched against multinational firms from Europe, North America and Asia. “In the process, Alhaji Dangote has rewritten the form book that indicates that Africans would rather patronise Western and Asian firms than one of their own. In choosing Dangote, The Guardian is making a poignant statement about the role of the newspaper in the society. One of which is identifying heroes and publicize good examples as a way of redirecting the values of the society. This is what The Guardian has sought to do with the personalities chosen over the years.” She said. In his remarks, Dangote said he had received three awards this year, and the one from The Guardian stands out. According to him, the award from Forbes was about his worth monetarily which does not matter to him since he would rather work hard than somebody telling him his worth, because ‘’I know what I am worth.’’ 139

Debo Adeshina, Editor in-Chief Guardian

Mariam Dangote, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Fatima Dangote & Halima Dangote

Dapo Adelegan, Habeeb Fasinro & Cecil Hammond

Jim Ovia & Foluso Philips

Abdulraq Isa, Kayode Odukoya, Tayo Ayeni & Chief Bernard Imarah

Sylvester Odion-Akhaine, Tony Okeregbe & Martins Oloja

He went further to say that despite being the single largest investor in the nation’s economy, Dangote Group is exploring new areas of investments where needs in the society can be met while expanding its investments in the oil and gas industry through its petrochemical plants. “When we announced our plans and target of one million metric tonnes of cement capacity, we were seen as unserious, but today, we receive letters from different countries to come and invest. We are considering investments in essential commodities to 140

Dapo Adelegan, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru & Mr. Fola Adeola

meet needs of our people,” he revealed. “I don’t know how The Guardian Newspapers got their ranking criteria, but I must say it is commendable considering that we are never appreciated at home. I don’t need an award to tell me how much I’m worth or being among the powerful people in the world. This recognition is highly appreciated. “What we have achieved with our investment in the Cement industry is to drop the price of cement. Presently, our sales volume is about 45 per cent, but we

are targeting a sales volume of 70 per cent by the end of 2016. The gas pipeline we are trying to build will be the biggest in the country surpassing Federal Government’s own,” he added. During the toast, Chief Operating Officer of The Guardian, Mr Alexander Thomopoulous said: Dangote“Is a pride to Nigeria, Africa and the black race across the world. His humility and character stands him out.” Many dignitaries came to share this wonderful moment with Alhaji Dangote and his family.



Label owner, Omowunmi Akinnifesi

Omowunmi Akinnifesi with Senator Florence ItaGiwa


hat a fulfilling day it was for Former beauty queen, Omowunmi Akinnifesi when she launched her clothing line simply called “Omowunmi”, opened a store at the Polo Avenue and and also developed a fashion initiative that is aimed at setting trends. According to the ever-smiling lady, Omowunmi Label was carefully created for the urban woman with a social lifestyle. An upbeat classy personality who is not afraid of bold colours, printed fabrics, 3D designed petals and exciting fine lines. According to the creative designer, “This is a Nigerian-based women’s clothing label that incorporates vibrant, colourful and urban designs on high quality fabrics to create unique apparel. This ready to wear brand targets women between ages 20 to 40. A range of the brand is called the “MOMA range” which includes elegant kaftans for women who love the one piece, well-embroidered rich, effortlessly chic and elegant look. Another range is the OMA, which forms her initials and signifies a woman of class who likes to express herself in the simplest form. The opening was a close knit affair.

Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu & guest

Omowunmi Akinnifesi & Barr Grace Egbagbe

Omowunmi Akinnifesi with Chief (Mrs.) Shade Okoya



Ruth Osime, Omowunmi, Chief (Mrs.) Nkiru Amnumudu & guest

2nd left: Chief Obasa, Omowunmi, Chief (Mrs) Shade Okoya & Daughter



Celebrant, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State cutting his cake with family


hen a man hits 60, he has hit diamond and a lot of pomp and pageantry is usually laid out to celebrate this great occasion. That was the case when the amiable former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel celebrated his 60th at the Prestigious Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. To add a touch of spice to the occasion, the politician fondly called OGD used the opportunity to launch a book, "Deciding To Become A Daniel"where he chronicled his life and times. The occasion, which was a gathering of eminent personalities from different parts of the country, including influential politicians, traditional rulers, society big wigs and captains of industry was filled with glamour and colour. Everyone was in their best attires even as the man of the moment and his beautiful wife, Yeye Olufunke Daniel, dazzled. The event started with a thanksgiving service where the celebrant and his family were prayed for and 144

Yeye Oluunke Daniel & Otunba Gbenga Daniel giving thanks to God

blessed by anointed man of God, and Founder of the Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo. At the reception venue, located at another part of the hotel, guests were treated to sumptuous meals. Among the dignitaries present were Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Deputy Governor of Ogun

State, Mrs. Abosede Onanuga, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, Chief Rasaq Okoya and wife, former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Pastor Tunde Bakare. Music was provided by the King of world beats, Chief Sunday Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA), who kept the guests on their feet for hours as he belted a medley of his evergreen hits.


Taiwo Daniel, Kehinde Daniel, Yeye Funke Daniel & Otunba Gbenga Daniel

The Officiating Ministers

The Otunba Adekunle Ojora & wife, The Erelu Ojuolape Ojora

The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona & Olori Adetona

Sir. Remi Omotosho & Sen. Olayinka Omilani

Oba Timothy Oyesola Akinsanya & Oba Adeyiga

Secretary to Ogun State Govt., Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Ogun State Deputy Gov.,Yetunde Abosede Onanuga & Mrs. Omolola Oyinlola

Chief (Mrs.) Shade Okoya & Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Oguntade

Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Mrs. Moji Dokpesi & Otunba Doyin Ogungbe

Bishop David Oyedepo praying for the family


Otunba Alao Akala, Alhaji Rasaq Okoya & Hon. Justice George Oguntade (Rtd.)

Chief Jubril Martins-Kuye & Sen. Ade Adefuye

Chief Adeyinka Adebayo (m)

Yeye Funke Daniel, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau & Otunba Alao Akala

Hon. Ladi Adebutu

Gov. Ayo Fayose & wife

Senator Lekan Mustapha

Bishop David Oyedepo & Methodist Prelate, Dr. Sunday Makinde


Prince Dapo Adelegan (right)


Master of ceremonies, Yemi Shodimu

Chairman of the event, Chief Ernest Shonekan

Fidelity Bank MD/CEO, Nnamdi Okonkwo & wife with celebrant

Governor Ayo Fayose

Otunba Gbenga Daniel with Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Sunny Asemota

Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Yeye Funke Daniel, Senator Grace Folashade Bent & CEO,Chapel Hill Denham, Mr. Bolaji Balogun

Mrs. Onari Duke & Senator Grace Bent

Former Managing Director, Diamond Bank, Alex Otti

Seye Kehinde & KSA

Chief Michael Ade-Ojo & Chief Sunny Asemota


Hon. Titi Oseni, former Speaker, OgunState House of Asembly

Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Yeye Funke Daniel with Managing Director & CEO United Bank for Africa, Philips Oduoza & wife, Mrs. Jumai Oduoza

Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Yeye Olufunke Daniel & Senator Grace Folashade Bent

Otunba Funso Lawal & Erelu Abiola Dosunmu

Chief Funlola Okunowo, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Dapo Adelegan

Engr. Dideolu Falobi & Bashorun Dele Momodu

Bashorun Dele Momodu & Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim Imam


Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN & friends

The Owa-Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran & his wives



Photo: Segun Lawal

The Ayonote family with celebrant


hat shall I say unto the Lord, all I want to say is thank you Lord�. It was this popular Christian hymn that she sang as Mrs Elizabeth Ayonote danced into the Haven Events Centre, Ikeja, Lagos to mark her 70th birthday. Indeed her joy knew no bounds as she was ushered into the hall with cheers, applause and dancing by members of Ebose Social Club of Nigeria, Lagos Branch and of course her children, in-laws and grand children. Proceedings began with an opening The gorgeous celebrant

prayer by Betty after which Group Captain John Obakpolo, the Chairman of the Occasion was invited to make a speech. He was full of praise for the celebrant, for being a strong pillar of support to her children and other members of the family after the death of her husband, Group Captain Brai Ayonote. It was indeed an evening to remember as all the children including UK-based Shoe Designer, Marion Ayonote showered the celebrant with loads of love and affection all through 149

Otunba Niyi Adebayo (r)

Keynote Address by Capt. John Obakpolor

Ola Kukoyi, Marion Ayonote (3rd left) with Ayonotes

Comedian Chi Gurl (r) during opening prayer

Tosin Ilesanmi of RLG (Nigeria) & friends

Mrs. Igbon, Ms. Tina Okwuraniwe, Ms. Rose Shamayin & Ms. Tina Iwujii

Obinna, Mrs. Nneka Nwankwo, Mrs. Nnenna Mba & Akachukwu Mba


Gbemisola Agbaji, Abimbola Lawal, Adesuwa Igori & Sunita Idugboe

Mrs. Phina Yakubu, Mrs. Kemi Onwuemene, Mr. Emeka Onwuemene & Mr. Akinfolarin Olowofela

Hassan Ayonote, Joy Ayonote, Zainab Ayonote & Bruce Ayonote

Joe Ekhighe, Capt. John Obakpolor & Emmanuel Ikazobor


Hope Akpan, Peace Akpan, Sandra & Faith Okoh

Amina Usman-Sani & Opeyemi Ayodeji

Bruce, Yahaya, Zoe & Ziyana

Mary Ibrahim, Chief (Mrs.) Patrick Adaba & Mrs. Asabe Elisha

Unique Ladies

Tribute by grandchild, Arbella


Prof. Wole Soyinka & his wife

From 2nd left: Mr. & Mrs. Adebowale, Michael Effiong, Bolaji Okusanga, Mr. & Mrs. Ade Adefeko with guest

Celebrant with Mr. & Mrs. Tayo Ayeni

Chief Funlola Okunowo, Yomi Shonuga with Dapo Abiodun

Mr. & Mrs. Biodun Shobanjo with Mr. & Mrs. John Edozie

Dr. (Mrrs.) Toyin Philips with Dr. (Mrs.) Kofo Odusote

Mimi Fatodun, Elain Shobanjo, Angela Onwuka with Rosemary Alalade

Mr. Charles Hammond, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo with Prof. Mike Isiekwe

Tunde Shobanjo with Capt. & Mrs. Kola Awosika

Dr. Lai Ogunbiyi (middle) with Prof. Wole Soyinka and his wife



Prince Janet Tosho-Obembe cutting her birthday cake


t was joy unlimited for Princess Janet Idowu ToshoObembe when she hit the ripe old age of 80 in good health surrounded by her nearest and dearest family members, children and grandchildren. Such a great occasion usually calls for immense thanksgiving, and Princess Tosho-Obembe as expected began the day in the Vineyard of the Lord with a spiritlifting service at the Anglican Church, Ilesa South West


Celebrant with her dear family

Diocese. The Officiating Bishop, Very Revd. E O Olajide in his sermon poured encomiums on the celebrant for her service to God and to humanity. He noted that her humility was exemplary, urging the congregation to emulate her passion for Christ. After the wonderful service, a grand reception was held at the Timesed Hotel & Conference Centre where

guests were well pampered. Born into the family of late Oba J.K.Odeyemi,the Awaraja of Iwaraja and Olori Florence Olayemi Odeyemi(Nee Ogendengbe)in the sleepy town of Iwaraja on November 18,1935, the celebrant began her education at Christ Apostolic School, Okesa, Ilesa in 1941 before proceeding to Anglican Girls School (now St Margaret’s School, Oke Ooye, Ilesa. She is the third

Femi Adeagbo & Foluso Adeagbo

The joyous celebrant

Mrs. Lara Adeagbo (nee Obembe) & Mr. Foluso Adeagbo

Mr. Seyi Orolugbagbe, Mr. Kola Olawunmi & Prince Femi Tejuoso

Mr. Andre, Alex Obembe & Mr. Gbenga Obembe

Rebeca Modupe Adeagbo, Mrs. Oluremi Ajibade & Olori Florence Bamidele Adewunmi

Bola Orolugbagbe, Muyiwa Akingbolagbe & Akinola Akingbolagbe

of three children. Like other young school leavers of her time, she began her teaching career at Christ Apostolic School, Iweraja .She did this for over five years. While there, the pretty Princess met a dashing and handsome young man from Ilesa called Samuel Omotosho Obembe,an upcoming business man, popularly known simply as Tosho. For the young wife, motherhood commenced when her first child Oluwagbemiga, was born. Thereafter, two sets of male and female twins respectively came in quick

succession. This earned her the sobriquent’ “Mama Gbenga’ or Iya Ibeji’. Other children are Bolanle Idowu(Bella), Omolara,,Oluwayemisi, Olanike, Abimbola and Folake. The celebrant, a businesswoman par excellence who has begun and nurtured different business ventures told OVATION that she was thankful to God for His abundant blessings on her life and said she was committed to serving Him forever. 153

Mr. & Mrs. Foluso Adeagbo with Oba Dokun Abolarin

Oba Dokun Abolarin with celebrant

Sola Orolugbagbe, Seyi Orolugbagbe, Shade Orolugbagbe & Bola Orolugbagbe

Leye Adeyinka & Lanre Belgore

Dr. Peter Obafemi, Folusho Adeagbo & Femi Adeagbo

Aare Femi Adebayo, Alhaji Olawuwo Olanisebe & Alhaji Musa Alubankudi

Mr. & Mrs. Femi Babalola, Demola Adedugbe & Alhaji Olanipekun

Hon. Adetiwade Sijuwade & Barr. Tunde Odanye


Bayo Fatusin, Rotimi Obey & friend



s part of its public awareness drive, the organisers of Nollywwod Week Paris Film Festival, hosted a Cocktail at the French Embassy in Lagos. The ceremony attended by movie practitioners, sponsors and the media was aimed at creating a convivial atmosphere for interaction as well as provide an update in the 2016 festival. According to the co-founder, Serge Noukoue “Every year we receive festival goers from various countries outside of France and we want this to continue. This festival has become THE festival to watch the best of Nollywood works in Europe and this year will not disappoint!” “We want the terms “NollywoodWeek” and “Quality” to be synonymous in people’s minds and we want to use this as an avenue to promote the tremendous talent that abound in the industry”, he added. Serge Noukoue, Arthur Dieffenthaler & Laurent Lolonceaux

Pierre Cherruau, Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde (m) & guest

R-l: Kunle Afolayan, Serge Noukhoe, Laurent Lolonceaux, Arthur Dieffenthaler, Mahmood Ali-Balogun & Pierre

Mahmood Ali-Balogun with Daala Oruwari & Enitan Okesanya of Ovation TV

Arthur Dieffenthaler, Kunle Afolayan & Mrs. Valentine Charles

Dakore Akande & Feyi Enim

Liu Kan, Akin Harrison & Xie Chao


Chris Ihidero, Tomilola Coco Adeyemo & Segun Odejimi

Agustin Una, Thibauld Leger, Leo Eugene & Laure Kessler

Adetunwa Aderinnokun & Uche Okocha

Ugoma Adegoke & Charlotte Ashamu

Olufunke, Okechukwu Uwaezuoke, Emeka Okereke & Cassandra Onwualu

Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Ann & Emeka Okereke

Mr. & Mrs. Greg Odutayo

Patrick Utomoibor, Grisana Molly Lendjoughou & guests


Ingo Herbert, Ope Oshin & Mar-Andre Schmachtel

Pierre Cherruau, Ralph Nwadike, Jahman Anikulapo & Arthur Dieffenthaler

MRS. ALERO AWOYEMI THANKS GOD AT 40 Photo: Adekoya Adegbite

A toast with her loving husband, Femi Awoyemi

Pastor Bisi Olowoyo praying for the family


he is not only favoured but she is fulfilled and indeed fortified at 40. If you are wondering whom we are referring to, she is no other than, Mrs. Alero Ogor Awoyemi, the Executive Director of Proshare Nigeria Limited, and the wife of cerebral financial analyst, Publisher and businessman, Femi Awoyemi. The amiable but taciturn Founding President, Online Publishers Association of Nigeria and his good friend, Charles Ifidon, owner Divine Hotels, who were the key planners of this classy and cosy celebration, ensured that guests got first-rate treatment. Held at the Celebration Gardens Events Centre, GRA, Ikeja proceeding began inside the well-decorated hall with a praise worship, prayer and thanksgiving service. As guests arrived, they were welcomed by soothing gospel melodies by the Praise Band. In his sermon, Pastor Bisi Olowoyo of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Province 21 praised Mrs. Awoyemi for deeming it fit to put God first on her special day. He noted that since aging was inevitable, we all have to adequately prepare, and he then rounded off with an impactful quote “You are not going to be remembered by the amount of the fleet of cars you were able to acquire in your life time but by the impact you made on your generation Mrs. Awoyemi then took the microphone , fell on her knees in supplication to God and belted praise Mrs. Alero Awoyemi: Deep in thanks to God

songs. She then recalled all the challenges she had had and how her life turned around after her encounter with Christ. This segment was rounded off when Pastor, Dr. Stephen Olumuyiwa Onabanjo joined Pastor Olowoyo to pray for the celebrant and her family. After changing into a figurehugging ivory dress, Mrs. Awoyemi now looking like a sweet sixteen was ready for the next segment of the ceremony: The Reception. She, it was, who kicked everything off by dancing into the venue accompanied by her children and family as the Praise Band dished out a medley of Niger Delta Gospel songs. Guests were on their feet cheering and applauding as she made way to her seat. The Master of Ceremonies was Obus Zeles, the Radio Continental 102.3 On Air Personality. He threw the floor open for tributes. Childhood friend, Mrs. Boyowa Efijemueh, described Alero as a pleasant and humble friend who frowns at laziness but loves creativity. Another childhood friend, Dr. (Mrs.) Isoken Aikpokpo described the celebrant as a very focused person. Her elder brother, Mr. Gbubemi Ogor , stated that she was a special child who only celebrated her birthday on leap years. He said she has always been a source of joy to the family. Isaac Osagie, the only staff of who spoke, described the celebrant as workaholic and go getter. In all, it was a wellattended, fun-filled celebration of a true gem. 157

Tony Chiejina, Femi Awoyemi, Mihael Effiong & Tosin Oduyale

Toyin Sanni, Femi Awoyemi & Hon. Rotimi Agunloye

Dr. Reuben Abati with Mr. & Mrs. Femi Awoyemi

Celebrant’s father in-law, Alh. Kunle Awoyemi & wife

Pastor Bisi Olowoyo, Femi & Alero Awoyemi, Pastor Stephen Onabanjo, Mrs. S.O. Onabanjo & Mr. Gbubemi Ogor

Charles Ifidon, Femi Awoyemi & friends

Omobayemi Ogunsote, Ade Adefeko, Tosin Adefeko & Tokunbo Modupe

Albert Okumagba & Tokunbo Modupe


Dr. Isoken Aikpokpo, The Awoyemis & Yemi Adebowale

Bayo Fatusin, Femi Awoyemi & Otunba Lai Oriowo

Bolaji Okusaga, Ade Adefeko, celebrant, Mrs. Tosin Adefeko & Femi Awoyemi

Dr. Musa Lance, Dr. Remi Babalola & Mr. Laoye

Yetunde Baderinwa, Nike Adebola, Toyin Adebola, Elise Baderinwa, Anjola Adebola & Micthel Awoyemi

Mrs. Omieto Ebiri & Alero Awoyemi

Childhood friend, Mrs Boyowa Efijomueh

Taiwo & Blessing Johnson

Osagie Isaac, Saheed Karibe, Claudia Nwankwo, Grace Jare - Ajuwon & Muhammed Nasir Ilias

Femi Awoyemi, Abiola Lawal & Asman Yartifa

Dr. & Mrs. Lance Musa Elakamah with The Awoyemis

Celebrant digging it!



Cutting of the cake


hat a day it was for Consultant Optometrist, Dr. Susu Enang when friends, family and associates gathered in Lagos to celebrate her 50th birthday. The Golden lady who is the wife of Idy Enang, CEO, L’Oreal Central/West Africa and Chairman Treasures Foundation Advisory Board was full of joy all through the wondrous occasion. It was at Latter Rain Assembly, Ogba, Lagos that her day began, and being a committed member of the church, it was no surprise that during the service, she was specially anointed by Pastor Tunde Bakare who described her as an indefatigable worker in the House of God. Later, the mother of two, (Akanimo and Morenike) hosted everyone to a lively reception at the Classique Events Centre, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun Ikeja. Once again, Pastor Tunde Bakare and wife, Olayide were present and he spent many minutes showering the celebrant (who had now changed to a lovely red dress) and her family with prayers. Chukwuma Aligwekwe, the Actor/ Broadcaster fondly called Chico was the Master of Ceremonies and he was at his professional best. The event could be classified as understated but guests still had loads of fun. 160

Idy & Susu Enang

Celebrant, Dr. Susu Enang


Idorenyen Enang, Hon. Kehinde Ogedengbe & Celebrant, Dr. (Mrs.) Susu Enang

Dr. (Mrs.) Susu Enang, Mr. Idoreneyen Enang & son, Akanimo

Pastor Tunde Bakare prays for the celebrant & the husband

Mrs. Susu Enag singing praises during the thanksgiving service


Pastor Tunde Bakare prays for Mr. & Mrs. Enang

Warm embrace from her spiritual father

Kikilomo Ayeye & Lady Sunmbo Soremekun

Enang family with Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Bakare

Celebrant’s in-laws Mr. & Mrs. Enang

Modupe Mills & Uduak Ekong


Seni Adetu, Mrs. Susu Enag, Mrs. Janet Adetu & Mike Itemuagbor

Ntekpe & Udom Inoyo

Tribute by Mrs. Olabisi Shobamde

Chico, the Compere


Chris Ubosi, Sola Salako & Idy Enang

Later Rain Assembly members

Mr. & Mrs. Oloketuyi

Toluwani Adesegha, Olayinka Adesegha & Bukky Adesegha

Mrs. Mosunmola Olulade & Mrs. Adefunke Kuyoro

Mr. & Mrs. Adenowo with Mr. & Mrs. Enang

L’Oreal staff

Mrs. Enitan Ashley-Dejo & Mr. Richard Adepitan

Professional College Executive Council

Idy, Susu Enang & Akanimo




Story: Babatunde Martins Photo: Solomon Ekhaiyeme

Emeka Osigwe, Mrs Blessing Oleru,Ingram Osigwe, Amobi Osigwe, Mrs Chidinma Osigwe & Emmanuel Osigwe

Sir Tony Ezenna, (OFR) Chairman Orange Group with Mr. Ingram Osigwe

Amaobi Osigwe, Sir Samuel Munonye & Ingram Osigwe

Anglican Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, The Rt Revd. Sunday Okeke & Revd.Kelechi Chimara, Vicar Christ Church Umuopia Akokwa

Chief Basil Okeke (Orimili) Mr. Oguwike Nwachukwu, Ingram Osigwe, Kunle Bakare & Uche Olehi


he dead leave fond memories in the hearts their loved ones. Some led a life of sacrifice for godly affairs and assignments while alive and such people are always celebrated even in death. One such example can be found in Mrs. Mercy Ifeoma Osigwe, a devoted Anglican and mother to Public Relations top shot, Ingram Osigwe. Mrs. Ifeoma, a woman of simple disposition whose penchant for peace among people irrespective of tribe, sex, or religion was commended by many. She slept in the Lord at the fulfilled age of 75 years and it was not surprising therefore that an avalanche of sympathizers thronged en-masse to commiserate with the children and family of the deceased. 164

A funeral service was held for the devoted Christian by the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion at the Osigwes country home in Afor-Umuopia-Akokwa, North L.G.A Imo State. The event was graced by the high and mighty including the Managing Director/CEO, Fairpoint Limited, Chief Sam Okonkwo; Chairman, Orange Drugs, Chief Tony Ezenna among others. Presiding over the interment, the Pastor thanked the congregation for taking out time to pay their final respects to a woman he dubbed, exceptional. He explained that it took the grace of

God and a wonderful heart to touch the lives of people just like the late Amazon did and prayed that her good works remain in the hearts of her family members. “I bless the remains of Mrs. Mercy Ifeoma Osigwe with the holy water that recalls his baptism of which Saint Paul wrote: All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. By baptism into His death, we were buried together with Him so that just as Christ was raised from the dead, by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life; for we have been united with Him by likeness of His resurrection,� he added.

Chief Nathan Okonkwo, Chief Sunny Okonkwo, Ingram Osigwe & Chief Ezekiel Okeke

Chief Luke Okeke, Chief Jude Ringo Okeke & Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku

Chief Samuel Okonkwo, (Enyiagbaoso), Chief Joseph Momah(Ajose) & Mr. Ingram Osigwe, Enyi Oha

Chief Jonathan Uzor- Okafor, CEO, Jonnex Nig Ltd, with Mr. Ingram Osigwe

Chief Frank Okafor (Ajujieze) & Mrs. Rosemary Uneanya

Chief Ernest Ogbu, President Emeritus Peoples Club of Nigerial International, High Chief Fabian Onwuchu & Chief Isreal Orjiekwe

Chief & Hon. (Mrs.) Paulinus Anyikwa

Barr. (Mrs.) Rose Omokwale, Mrs Chinelo Obodo & Mrs. Rosemary Apunanwu Uneanya

Arrival of Chief Emma Eziokwu, Akuilili Of Utuh

Chief Ezekiel Okeke Jp, Ingram Osigwe & Emeka Oramadike

Chief Cletus Eze Anyim & Chief Chinedu Obiora

Chief Bonny Ikeronwu & Prince Kennedy Anyaji


Husband of the deceased, Hon. Emmanuel Ezinne Jane Offor, elder sister of the Osigwe deceased

Chief Dozie Nzekwe & Chief Ifeanyi Emenuga

HRH Ezi 1 Of Ezimba, Eze Mike Igwemma

Mrs. Chidinma Osigwe and Mrs. Ekeoma Oleru

Executive Editor, The Niche Newspaper, Oguwike Nwachukwu and Publisher of Encomium Magazines, Mr. Kunle Bakare

Mr. Ingram Osigwe with Isimili of Adazi, Chief Donlad Ibe

Sir & Lady Tony Ezenna Oby Chinemelu, Rita Mbala & Nkechi Ibekwe

Definitely not ready to let their beloved mother go out without a bang, The Osigwes organized a lush reception ceremony that still remains in the hearts of everyone present at the event. There were assorted delicacies and choice wines there was no dull moment. Madam Mercy Osigwe was the second daughter of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Munonye Asiegbu and was born in Umuoji Village of Umukegwu-Akokwa Autonomous Community, Ideato LGA. A renowned fashion designer in Akokwa, she 166

established the first sewing institute in the area and also went on to become a successful businesswoman and farmer. Madam Ifeoma Osigwe is survived by her aged husband, Hon. Emmanuel M. Osigwe, her children, Mr. Amobi Osigwe, Mr. Ingram Osigwe, Mr. Emeka N. Osigwe, Mr. Ikem Osigwe, Mrs. Blessing Ekeoma Oleru (daughter), Sir Sam Ukaobasi Munonye (brother), Mrs. Jane Offor (sister) and Lady Margaret Oguekusi (sister), among a host of relations.

THE GLORIOUS EXIT OF ELDER (MRS) SUSANNAH ARIYO Story: Jesuloluwa Adebiyi Photo: Adekoya Adegbite

The Ariyo family

The graveside

Abiola, Kayode Ariyo, Toye & Jumoke Ariyo


life worth living is a life lived for others. This depicts the life of late Mrs. Susannah Olayiwole Ariyo before passing on to glory. The family and friends of the bereaved will definitely miss her because of her kind-hearted nature. The committed Christian lived a life of love, sacrifice and hard work. For the impact she had on many especially her children, she was given a rousing farewell which began with a church service held at Anglican Church of the Messiah, Atiba Street, New Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State. The Pall bearers were very dramatic and they caused quite a stir as they brough her remains to the doorsteps of the church. As the gingerly brought her remains

Toye, Kayode Ariyo, Chf Mrs Idowu, Olori Ajakaiye of Iyin Ekiti, Yemisi Whyte (Nee Ariyo) & Dr. Charles Whyte

into the bowels of the church hall, the congregation was on its feet. They were singing the processional hymn, “The Strife is O’er”. The sermon that was preached was based on the way humans should live their lives. The Preacher, Most Reverend (Dr) J.O. Akinfenwa, the Archbishop and Bishop of Ibadan Anglican Diocese who led other men of God talked about righteous living and beseeched the congregation to live a worthy life so that when death comes, they would be able to transit to glory triumphantly. Still on living a good life on earth, the man of God also emphasized on the fact that when we leave this world, there must be a good legacy left behind 167


. Toye, Kayode Ariyo with Olori Ajakaiye of Iyin Ekiti

Toye, Jumoke Ariyo with Ayo Okunola

Biola Ariyo & children

Toye Ariyo, his cousins Segun, Gboyega & Debola Omooba

Biola Ariyo, Jumoke Ariyo & Yemisi Whyte (nee Ariyo)

Chief Mrs Idowu, Dr Charles, Mrs. Yemisi Whyte & Kayode Ariyo, Olori Ajakaiye of Iyin EkitiT & oye Ariyo

Kayode Ariyo & family

so that people will remember us, for good and for impacting their lives He also encouraged everyone to get ready for the second coming of Jesus. Later, there was a prayer for the soul of the bereaved and the family of bereaved. In not time, the solemn service was over and Elder (Mrs.) Ariyo’s remains was ferried to her final resting place. There final grave side rites were held, then prayers and she was lowered to mother earth. Tears flowed as the family bid her farewell, A few minutes later, the family hosted a superlative reception at the 168

International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan to celebrate her life and times. Mrs. Susan Olayiwole ariyo was born in Erigo, Ijebu-Ode on the 23rd November, 1936 to the family of late Mr. Johnson Abiodun Kajero and Late Mrs. Beatrice Bosede Kajero (Nee Adeyemi) of Erigo, ijebu-Ode Local Government Area. Susan’s Primary education was at Mapo Christ School, Ibadan between 1944 and 1951; she then proceeded to St. Annes Girls Grammar School Molete, Ibadan where she completed


The Ariyo family

Otunba Niyi Adebayo fmr. Governor of Ekiti state with Mr. Boni Haruna fmr Governor of Adamawa State

Deborah Omooba & Engr. Rotimi Omoboriowo

Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele

Oluwa Fisayo Ariyo, Bayomi Ariyo, Oluwamayowa Ariyo & Ayodeji Okunola

Representative of Ooni of Ife

Chief (Mrs.) Olubode (r)


Capt Najomo aka Jolly Papa, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Mr. Chike Oghia, Toye & Jumoke Ariyo, Mr. Biyi Oloko, Mr. Boni Haruna

Anglican Church of Messiah women's forum

Mr. & Mrs. Wale Akande, Toye, Jumoke Ariyo & Alh Hassan

Lord Bishop Akinfenwa


Toye & Jumoke Ariyo with Capt. & Mrs. Fabian Akindayomi

Toye and Jumoke Ariyo, Olori Ajakaiye, Prince and Mrs Kola Ajakaiye

Sola Adekoya, Segun Williams, Laitan Kajero, Yemi Idowu, Toye Ariyo, Kunle Shonoiki & Bolaji

Engr. Lorenzo Boutigny, Justice Nathan Musa (Chief Justice Adamawa State), Capt Wuyi Bankole

Mr. Gabson, Chief Sunny Eze, Toye Ariyo & Chieff Nwadike Livinco

Dr. & Mrs. Dayo Adedeji, Kayode & Biola Ariyo

Prince Damola Aderemi & Bashorun Dele Momodu with Deji Ayeni

Rev Ehige & Rev Oriowo

her secondary education in 1956. A keen sport person, Susan was the House Captain of St. Catherine and the school’s Senior Prefect in her final year. Upon completion of her secondary education, she had a year’s Teacher Training at the United Missionary College and subsequently taught Mathematics at the Anglican Secondary School Ijebu-Ode between 1958 and 1959. In 1961 Susan was awarded a Federal Government Scholarship for further education to the Queen Elizabeth College, University of

London, where she graduated with a Diploma in Catering and Institutional Management in 1963. She then proceeded to Leeds University, where she obtained a post graduate Diploma in dietetics in 1965. She returned to Nigeria in 1965 where she worked at the prestigious University College Hospital, Ibadan as a dietician. She rose to the post of Principal Dietician. She retired from UCH in 1985 to manage the family business-Hotel Influential Ltd. Where she was the Chief Executive Officer till her demise. 171


Jeff Bediki Televbia, Dr Omololu Osinowo, Toye Ariyo, Dr. Dayo Ajayi & Dr. Austin

Dr. Felix Olumogba, Chief Dele Momodu, Prince Damola Aderemi & Mr. Ejiro Dortie

Toye Ariyo, Mrs. Folashade Afolabi & Mr Deji Ayeni

Mr. Boni Haruna, Toye Ariyo, Justuce Tijani Abubakar

Mrs. Agunloye, Toye Ariyo, Mrs. Kajero & Ismail Abdulgaffar

Barr. Filani, Mrs Folashade Afolabi, Mr. Chike Oghia, Toye Ariyo, Sola Kuti, Kenneth Opara, Jimi Osho & Alhaja

Mastey Dollar, Toye Ariyo & Capt. Okesanjo

Funlola Jeje, Toye Ariyo, Dr. Jay Osi Samuel


Chief (Mrs.) Balogun & Jumoke Ariyo, Chief (Mrs.) Hassan, Chief (Mrs.) Are

Lara Ajibola & Mrs. Ajibola with Jumoke Ariyo

Toye Ariyo, Princess Ife, Prince Kola & Olori Ajakaiye

Dr. (Mrs.) Onadeko, Toye Ariyo & Olori Ajakaiye

Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN & Toye Ariyo

Dr. Ogunmola, Toye & Jumoke Ariyo, Alh Hassan

Mrs. Kazeem, Mrs. Olubode, Mrs. Bajela & Mrs. Adesulere

Bolaji Ajakaija, Rotimi Adebowale with Ariyo

Mrs Yemisi Whyte (nee Ariyo) with friends

Mrs. Logun - Leko, Ronke Akinyemi & Bolatito Dosunmu

Abimbola, Funmi Eke, Funmi Awosusi with Mrs. Ariyo

Mrs. Yemisi Whyte (middle)


Mr. & Mrs. Lekan Adanijo

Ope, Dupe & Doyin

Tosin & Harry

Tunmike Ajayi Bembe, Temitope Ajayi Bembe, Oyinkansola Gamra & Ibunkunle Gamra

Mrs Biola Adekunbi, Mr Lanre Adesanya, Toye Ariyo, Yemisi Whyte (nee Ariyo) Dr Charles

Ayotunde Medayese, Mr. & Mrs. Tao Richits, Owolabi & Titilayo

Yemi & Adeolu Idowu

Leye Akingbe, Lola Kufile & Kokoma Gabriel with friends


Ayeni brothers, Tayo & Deji

Mr. & Mrs. Eniola Fayose

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Ovation magazine issue 166

Ovation magazine issue 166  

Ovation magazine issue 166